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Lee Clarke’s Nottingham Forest blog: Alex McLeish’s CV is littered with disappointment and failure

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So the Nottingham Forest circus is back in town to offer more entertainment after a period of festivities.

Now, in my lifetime as a Forest fan, I have seen some pretty strange decisions and circumstances, but none more than what has taken place in the last 48 hours.

During this period we have witnessed arguably our most fluid and encouraging performance of the season during a 4-2 victory over in-form Leeds, which saw us show tremendous character to come from a goal behind to take a much needed three points.

What was to happen merely a few hours after this defied logic and belief as manager Sean O’Driscoll was handed his P45 and told to clear his desk after just five months as manager. Merry Christmas Sean!

The man to replace the departing manager is former Birmingham and Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish, who will be welcomed at the City Ground about as much as a Jehovah’s Witness would welcome a Christmas Party.

Not only because of the brutal and harsh misjudgement of the former manager’s dismissal, but mainly because the fiery Scotsman’s CV is littered with disappointment and failure throughout his managerial career.

His spell at his last job as Aston Villa manager saw the side play what can only be described as boring, bland and unexciting football and led to his contract being terminated after just one season at Villa Park.

His spell at Birmingham offers us slight encouragement, although even his time at St Andrews was ended after he led The Blues through the Premier League trap door and back into the Championship, although in the same season did see his side win the Carling Cup.

Whilst the majority of the Forest faithful will see this current exercise as pointless and unnecessary at this stage in the season, I have no doubt that it will bring fans together in order to push the team on.

Only time will tell how accurate the owners assessment that we needed new direction was, but all I will say is that I hope for McLeish’s sake, that he hits the ground running and sees the team pick up some positive results over the next month or so.

 

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