After the untimely passing of owner and Chairman Nigel Doughty from a heart attack aged just 54 (who planned to step down from the club at the end of the 2011-12 season) Nottingham Forest was passed in to the hands of wealthy Kuwaiti family the Al-Hasawi’s.
Since then there has been a very peculiar set of events at the club; culminating in Alex McLeish leaving the club by mutual consent on Tuesday. It follows the bizarre sacking of Sean O’Driscoll in order to appoint McLeish ahead of the January transfer window; and then they refused to sufficiently support him in the market.
After a deal for George Boyd fell through for a ridiculous fail on his eye examination insult was added to injury when another of McLeish’s main transfer targets Chris Burke grabbed both the goals in a 2-1 win for Birmingham City this weekend.
Now Forest are looking for yet another manager to fill the void at the club with the clear decree that promotion as soon as possible seems to be the main target.
So who on earth would be crazy enough to take this job on?
Here are five names bound to be linked with the vacancy…
Not long out of the job under the reign of another controversial chairman Adkins may not be too keen to take on the mantle at Forest. However he could be the perfect man for the job. If you want someone who can get a team promoted then look no further than the man who did it two years in a row.
Still out of a job since being sacked by Bolton earlier in the season he has already rejected offers from the Far East, Ipswich and Blackpool. He worked wonders at St Johnstone and Burnley and may just be the right type of person for the job.
Paolo Di Canio
Here’s an exciting option from League One financial strugglers Swindon Town. The Wiltshire club would be more than willing to discuss compensation at the moment but considering Di Canio’s already fiery management reputation he may not be the Al-Hasawi family’s cup of tea; and I doubt they would be Paolo’s.
Here is a move fuelled with romanticism due to the relationship the player himself has with the club; and of course through his late great father Brian Clough. It could certainly act as a placating tactic toward the Forest hoards but Clough, like his father, likes to do things his own way. Would be astonishing but it seems unlikely.
Another ex-Forest player who may be tempted to end his six year break from managing club football. During his time as a player at the City Ground ‘Psycho’ won the League Cup twice and his time as England under-21 coach is starting to be called into question in the media. Could Pearce be at the Forest helm before the Under-21 European Championships in Israel?
Could it be any of these five; or somebody else entirely?
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