Fulham goalkeeper coach and former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dave Beasant says he is keen to be the next manager at the City Ground.
Ian McParland and Frank Barlow are in temporary charge of Forest following Gary Megson’s departure last week.
Beasant, 45, Fulham’s player-goalkeeper coach, played for Forest from 1997 to 2001 and said: “I would love to be Forest manager, now or in the future.
“They are dear to my heart and I would like nothing better. But I am in work and have not applied for the job.”
Beasant works alongside manager Chris Coleman at Craven Cottage and is still registered as a player there. He added: “I am happy at Fulham but I have very fond memories of my time at Forest and I always look for their results.”
The former England international, who is at his 13th professional club, played 152 games for Forest between 1997 and 2001 in a loan spell followed by a permanent move.
He already has ideas on how to arrest the slump at the City Ground that has left them in mid-table of League One. “Knowing Forest’s tradition I am aware that they like to play good football, although you always need the ability to compete,” he added. “It does help if the fans can see that what you are doing on the pitch is right. I think perhaps Gary Megson had lost the support of the players and of the fans.”
Argentinian striker Fernando Pasquinelli scored twice as Livingston inflicted a worrying defeat on Premier League Fulham just days before Chris Coleman’s side are due to start their season.
The Scottish put together the perfect performance to mark the departure of chief executive Jim Leishman, who has done so much to revive Livi’s fortunes in recent years. Fulham looked woefully off the pace when compared to their opponents – and Coleman has plenty of work ahead of him in the two weeks before the Whites begin their season at Manchester City.
The early signs were not good. The Londoners were completely outplayed at Almondvale with Livingston’s pacey front three of Barry Wilson, who gave Jerome Bonnissel the runaround all evening, Theodore Whitmore and Pasquinelli posing problems from the outset. Whitmore, who enjoyed an impressive debut, might have made a dream start at his new club but the Jamaican international’s third-minute drive from distance flashed fractionally wide of Dave Beasant’s far post.
Fulham struggled to get a foothold in a contest their hosts were dominating and Livingston grabbed a deserved lead when Pasquinelli sprung the visitors’ offside trap to open the scoring midway through the first half. The former Boca Juniors forward doubled his account seven minutes later with an excellent individual strike, drifting in from the left flank and finding the bottom corner with a precise finish. Pasquinelli could have made the Lions’ position even more comfortable had he taken any more of the chances that came his way regularly prior to being substituted on the hour mark.
By comparison, Fulham looked feeble. Junichi Inamoto offered their only serious moments of creativity from the middle of the park – where Coleman’s side comfortably lost the midfield battle – and Steed Malbranque and Louis Saha only hinted at their quality once the game was well beyond their side.
LIVINGSTON (4-3-3): McKenzie; McNamee, Andrews, Rubio, McAllister; McGovern, O’Brien, Makel; Pasquinelli, Whitmore, Wilson. Subs: Dorado, S McLaughlin, English, Lilley, P McLaughlin, Miller, Montgomery.
GOALS: Pasquinelli (23, 30).
FULHAM (4-3-3): Beasant; Rehman, Bonnissel, Goma, Djetou; Legwinski, Clark, Inamoto; Malbranque, Boa Morte, Saha. Subs: Flintney, Leacock, Hudson, Buari, Hayles, Knight, Green.
REFEREE: John Underhill.
Veteran goalkeeper Dave Beasant has joined Fulham on trial for the duration of their tour to Austria.
The 44-year-old keeper rejected a new deal at Brighton earlier this month after spending last season at the Withdean Stadium.
“Dave has travelled to Austria and Fulham want to take a look at hime during games out there,” said Beasant’s lawyer Tim Bailey told this website.
“Dave still believes he has something to offer and still believes he can play in the Premiership,” Bailey added.
If Beasant completes a move to Fulham, the Cottagers will represent his 13th club in a 24-year professional career.
At the moment Fulham are short of a goalkeeper coach
The former England keeper started his career at Wimbledon and captained the Dons to their 1988 FA Cup triumph over Liverpool.
He later enjoyed spells at Newcastle, Chelsea and Southampton before a series of short-term deals in recent seasons.