What's going on at Nottingham Forest?

McLeish

What exactly is going on at Championship giants Nottingham Forest? They are now looking for their fifth manager in seven months.

There were rumours Alex McLeish was going to walk and they were right. He’s left Nottingham Forest after just 40 days in charge which seems bizarre considering his quality and calibre as a coach.

Forest need to be very careful at the moment because they seem to be developing a reputation as a club which is not necessarily controlled by the person appointed to manage the team.

The sticking point in the McLeish saga seemed to be the difference of opinion over how the side should move forward. McLeish wanted several players to mount a promotion push and he was not backed, which seems like the final straw.

“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 - there was a difference in the understanding of the development strategy of the football club,” McLeish side via a Manager’s Association statement.

The whole issue was personified by the club’s failure to sign George Boyd on transfer deadline day from Peterborough United.

Boyd agreed a deal with Forest and completed a medical before news broke that he’d bizarrely been denied a move because of the fact he does not have perfect eyesight.

If he was undergoing a medical before a job for the RAF then fair enough but for a football player to be denied a move for such a reason seems bizarre.

This wasn’t the only incident where McLeish was apparently not backed in the transfer market. He made it clear that he wanted to sign Chris Burke from Birmingham City.

Bear in mind, Birmingham are flogging players left, right and centre at the moment to try and get some cash in. McLeish was denied the opportunity to sign him and he scored a brace in the recent match between the two clubs.

Forest are quickly becoming a no go area for any savvy manager that has an ounce of care for his own career. The current owners from Kuwaiti have turned over four managers since they took charge of the club in July. Ridiculous.

They sit just inside the top half of the table in 11th place, perfectly positioned for a good run of late form leading to a play-off place. However, when it’s come down to it, McLeish wasn’t backed and another club will now benefit from his style and experience.

What do you make of the goings on at Forest?

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