Nottingham Forest looking for new manager after Alex McLeish leaves
Just what is going on at Nottingham Forest FC? Alex McLeish was only appointed in charge at the City Ground forty days ago, although the former Scotland and Aston Villa manager has now left the club after clashing with the club’s new owners.
February 5th, 2013
There were rumours last week that the Scot was unhappy at the Midlands club after the proposed signing of George Boyd fell through and on Tuesday morning it was confirmed that the club would be looking for a successor to McLeish after the shortest imaginable stint.
The al-Hasawi family, Forest’s Kuwaiti owners, are now looking for their fourth manager since they took control of the club in July. It appears that McLeish was raging after an apparent eye defect scuppered the Boyd signing and a lack of transfer activity was the reason that Steve McClaren also left the City Ground.
McLeish issued a statement, via the League Managers’ Association, confirming that he had left Forest by mutual consent. “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 and I want to thank the players, staff and fans for their support and wish Nottingham Forest the best of fortunes ahead.
“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.”
Fawaz al-Hasawi, Forest’s chairman, said on the clubs website: “I’m bitterly disappointed – as is Alex – that it has not worked out as we had hoped. I would like to put on record my thanks for his services and wish him every success in the future.”