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McLeish Leaves Forest
Published : 05 Feb 2013 18:50:18
13th Championship managerial departure.
Alex McLeish became the unlucky 13th managerial casualty in the Championship this season after leaving Nottingham Forest after just FORTY days in charge.
The 54 year old ex Birmingham and Aston Villa manager was only appointed at the City Ground on the 27th December after the sacking of Sean O’Driscoll but he has departed today after falling out with the club’s owners over transfer policy.
In a statement issued by the League Managers Association McLeish said:
"I am extremely saddened to be leaving after such a short period but even so it has been a privilege to be manager of such a fantastic football club.
"Both parties entered into the relationship in good faith, however, there was a difference in the understanding of the development strategy of the football club and it was felt by both parties that we should part company.
"I want to thank the players, staff and fans for their support and wish Nottingham Forest the best of fortunes ahead."
Forest won just one of McLeish’s seven games in charge and the club have fallen from eighth, just one point off the play-offs when the Scot arrived to 11th, six points adrift.
11 of the 24 Championship clubs have changed their manager during the course of 2012-2013 (Crystal Palace, Burnley, Nottingham Forest, Blackburn, Blackpool, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Bolton, Wolves, Barnsley and Bristol City). Blackburn are onto their third manager of the campaign with Michael Appleton following Steve Kean and Henning Berg, whilst Blackpool and Forest are now looking for their third after Ian Holloway and Appleton departed Blackpool and O’Driscoll and McLeish left Forest.