Nottingham Forest’s last Prem squad include academy coach and Dutch pundit

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Nottingham Forest will travel to Wembley Stadium on Sunday bidding to return to the Premier League after 23 years outside the top flight.

Victory over Huddersfield Town in the Championship play-off final would see Forest back in the Premier League for the first time since the 1998/99 season. That campaign ended with the club finishing bottom of the table and being relegated from the top-flight after going through three managers during the season.

The Forest side relegated from the Premier League in 1999 featured the likes of Nigel Quashie and Pierre van Hooijdonk, but where are they and other stars of that team now?

Dave Beasant

Goalkeeper Dave Beasant remained at the City ground for another two seasons following relegation before moving to Portsmouth in 2001.

Brief spells at Tottenham Hotspur, Bradford City, Wigan Athletic and Brighton & Hove Albion followed before he ended his career at Fulham in 2004.

Beasant has since gone into coaching, first as goalkeeping coach at Stevenage before spending three years in the role at Reading before departing in December 2018.

Nigel Quashie

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The 1998/99 season was Quashie's first at Forest after signing from QPR and the Scottish midfielder would ultimately spend just two years with the club.

A nomadic career followed, including spells with both Portsmouth and Southampton before he played out the final four years of his career in Iceland.

Since hanging up his boots in 2016, Quashie has gone on to become a coach and runs his own academy, in the shape of the IPDA Football Academy.

Mark Crossley

Mark Crossley also kept goal for Forest during their last top flight campaign, making 12 league appearances back in 1998/99. The Forest academy graduate left for Middlesbrough in 2000 before later signing for Fulham.

After seeing out his career with Oldham Athletic and Chesterfield, Crossley remained in football and began working as a goalkeeping coach. He has had three spells in the role with Chesterfield, most recently in the first half of the 2019/20 season as well as stints with Barnsley and Notts County.

Nowadays, Crossley regularly appears as an after-dinner speaker as well as doing charity work to raise awareness for mental health.

Dougie Freedman

Scottish striker Dougie Freedman was another player in his first season at the City Ground when they were relegated from the Premier League.

He went on to move to Crystal Palace in 2000 and remained at Selhurst Park for eight years before spending the last two seasons of his playing career with Southend United.

Since hanging up his boots, Freedman has had spells managing Palace, Bolton Wanderers and Forest, returning to the club in February 2015. He returned to Palace as sporting director in August 2017 and currently remains in the role.

Marlon Harewood

The first player on this list not to have gone into coaching or management since retiring, Marlon Harewood is now a successful businessman.

Just 19 when Forest were relegated, Harewood scored once in 23 league appearances in 1998/99 either side of a short loan spell with Ipswich Town. He later had spells West Ham United, Aston Villa and Blackpool as well as a stint in China during a nomadic career.

Having retired in 2016, Harewood is the founder and director of car solutions firm AC13 Premier Lifestyle, which includes a host of footballers among its list of clients.

Pierre van Hooijdonk

Following Forest's relegation, Van Hooijdonk ended his three-year stay in England came to an end as he returned to the Netherlands to join Vitesse Arnhem.

Spells in Portugal and Turkey followed before Van Hooijdonk retired in 2007 after a season back at Feyenoord. He has since had several coaching roles, beginning as Turkey assistant manager in 2011.

His last role as assistant manager of the Dutch under-21 side was in 2014, with Van Hooijdonk since going into punditry and he is now a regular on Dutch channel NOS's football coverage.

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