The former Scotland manager has confirmed that he will be leaving Belgian Pro League club Racing Genk at the end of the season.
Alex McLeish has confirmed that he will be leaving his position as Racing Genk manager at the end of the season, opening the door for a potential return to British football in the process.
McLeish, 56, ended is 18-month spell out of football to take charge of Genk in August but failed to lead the club to the Belgian Pro League’s championship playoffs, having missed out on a top-six regular season finish on goal difference.
The Scot’s initial contract was just for the 2014-15 season and, rather than attempt to negotiate a new deal, he has decided to explore other opportunities.
In a statement released on the club’s official website, McLeish said: “I have decided that I won't renew my contract when it expires at the end of the season. I've been revitalised with this challenge and I am proud to have worked with a group of players who have improved mentally, tactically and technically.
“I am proud that we have achieved a 46% win rate this season and with 49 points, we have amassed 4 more points than at this stage last season.
“Communicating this decision creates clarity and will allow us now to put our focus on winning a Europa League place.
“Myself, the staff and players promise to give every ounce of energy as we did in the regular competition.”
Prior to taking up the Genk role, the former defender’s previous job was a brief spell in charge of Nottingham Forest, which was supposed to help him restore his reputation following an ill-fated season at Villa, but instead ended after just six weeks due to a fallout with the Championship club’s board.