Nicky Forster has announced his retirement as a player to concentrate on his managerial career.

The 37-year-old striker has been in temporary charge of Brentford since the sacking of Andy Scott in March.


But despite leading them to a mid-table finish in npower League One and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, he has been told he is not in the running for the permanent job at Griffin Park.

Forster has a year left on his playing contract but is hanging up his boots in order to find a management role.

He said: "I have had a fantastic career but the time has come to cross over into management. I've scored 200 goals in 700 games and haven't got anything left to achieve as a player, so I want to concentrate on management."

Forster began his career at Gillingham and also had spells with Birmingham, Reading and Brighton.

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