Alex McLeish leaves Notts Forest after only 40 days in charge
Big ‘Eck just can’t seem to catch a break lately. The former Scotland manager has departed his post at Nottingham Forest by mutual consent, saying that “a difference of understanding of the development strategy” is the reason for his exit, less than two months into the job.
The 54-year-old only took the position on the 27th January, following the bizarre departure of Sean O’Driscoll when Forest sat eighth in the table and were among the favourites in the football promotion betting odds with operators such as Titan Bet. O’Driscoll, who was only appointed as Forest manager in July 2012, is now manager of Championship rivals Bristol City.
The dispute that appears to have been the tipping point for McLeish is the lack of activity in the transfer window. The Al-Hasawi family, who took over in July, were reportedly going to give the boss £3m to spend in January.
McLeish thought he had lured playmaker George Boyd from London Road, but it wasn’t to be. A £500,000 fee had been agreed for Boyd, a medical had been passed, but the Kuwait owners said that Boyd had an eye problem, so they pulled the plug on the deal.
Bare in mind that Boyd, who is 27, has previously scored from the half-way line, surely his eye sight can’t be that bad?!
Another transfer target of McLeish’s was his former player Chris Burke of Birmingham City. Forest failed in attempts to sign him in January, and at the weekend, Burke scored twice for the Blues in a win over… Nottingham Forest.
McLeish hasn’t had the best of luck since leaving Scotland. He appeared to be doing well with Birmingham City, guiding them to a heroic League Cup victory in 2011, but also leading them to relegation from the Premier League. Then he joined rivals Aston Villa, where he wasn’t well received to say the least, with a win percentage of only 21.4% which made him statistically, the worst ever manager of Villa.
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