What’s the job market like in Europe?
A 3-1 home defeat was too much for Nottingham Forest fans, as Steve McClaren left the City Ground before he could even manage to develop a faux East Midland’s accent.
October 3rd, 2011
After just 112 days in the job, McClaren will once again be perusing the European job papers after leaving Nottingham Forest with the club fourth from bottom in the Championship, one point above the relegation zone and without a single home victory to their name.
Chairman Nigel Doughty will also step aside at the end of the season, in what was a calamitous night for one of English football’s sleeping giants.
McClaren arrived in Nottingham with two clear aims. After falling at the final hurdle under Billy Davies for the past two years, following play-off defeats to Blackpool and Swansea, Steve McClaren was brought in to get Forest over that final hurdle and back into the Premier League.
The second aim for McClaren was somewhat more personal. After being exiled from England following England’s failure to qualify for the 2008 European Championships, the “wally with the brolly” had managed to restore his reputation somewhat on the continent, guiding FC Twente to their first ever Dutch title. A spell at Wolfsburg wasn’t quite as successful but it seemed that McClaren had shed the “wally” tag, even if he had taken it upon himself to come up with a ridiculous Dutch accent.
It hasn’t worked out however and now the search begins for McClaren’s successor, with MK Dons manager Karl Robinson the favourite to take on the job full-time.
The usual suspects are also mentioned, with Martin O’Neill priced at between 4/1 and 6/1 (Skybet & William Hill) along with former Doncaster boss Sean O’Driscoll, Alan Curbishley, Dave Jones and Aidy Boothroyd all on the coupon.
Unsurprisingly with Forest, there are a few other former players thrown into the mix as well as O’Neill, with Roy Keane heading the list to take charge at 10/1.
Colin Cooper is at 16/1 with William Hill, Eoin Jess is at 16s with Sky Bet but just 6s with Stan James (so read into that what you will) and Colin Calderwood, who McClaren tried to get as his assistant, is at 33/1.