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Wednesday, 06 February 2013

Nottingham Forest: Who will replace McLeish at the City Ground?


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Haven't we been here before? Just six weeks ago we were speculating about who was going to replace Sean O'Driscoll in the hot seat at Nottingham Forest. Today, after a short and unsuccessful spell, we start the search to find the successor to Alex McLeish.

The former Birmingham and Aston Villa manager was not given a heroes welcome when he arrived at the City Ground, but that was understandable. His recent record was nothing to write home about. He had taken Birmingham down then jumped ship to join rivals Aston Villa and almost sent them the same way! Throw in the fact that O'Driscoll was also doing well and you can understand the fans' frustrations.

McLeish was in charge for just seven games and won only one of them. The deadline day fiasco surrounding George Boyd's proposed move from Peterborough was probably the nudge the Scot needed to say 'to hell with this'.

So now the search is on for Forest's third boss inside three months. And there are no shortage of potential suitors lining up to take the helm at this proud East Midlands giant.

Billy Davies

The former Forest boss is currently leading the way with the bookies, but he has also reportedly just been offered the vacant manager's job at Blackpool. The hard Scot guided Forest to the play-offs in successive seasons, but ultimately failed to seal the deal. Davies doesn't accept any nonsense so it would be interesting to see how he dealt with the new owners, but he'd gain the respect of the players, that's for sure. He is currently 1/2 at Sky Bet.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

The former Chelsea striker was first team coach at the club under Sean O'Driscoll but left when the boss was axed. However, Sky Bet have the Dutchman at 1/4 to be the next Forest boss. Hasselbaink has played at the highest level and was one of the finest marksman the Premier League has even witnessed, but does that mean he will be a great manager? Since retiring from the beautiful game in 2008 he has been busy gaining his coaching badges with spells at Woking and Chelsea. Do you think Hasselbaink could get you back into the big time?

Paolo Di Canio

The fiery Italian has admitted that he is pondering his future at Swindon and that has set a number of clubs on red alert. The former West Ham and Celtic striker has guided Swindon to third in League One and his unorthodox methods are getting results. However, like Billy Davies, how would Di Canio work with the Al-Hasawi family? Di Canio has a bright future ahead of him and he will move from the County Ground soon enough, but is Forest really the right club for him? If you think he is then get down to Bet Victor who are offering odds of 1/8.

Nigel Adkins

The former Southampton boss is looking for a new challenge after being sensationally sacked last month by Nicola Cortese at St Mary's. Adkins led the Saints from the depths of League One to the Premier League with back-to-back promotions and was on his way of keeping Southampton in the top flight against all the odds. The Scouser loves attacking football and would certainly give the fans value for money. Personally I think he would be the perfect fit for Forest. He knows the Championship well and would demand respect from the players. If you agree with me then Bet Victor is the place to be. They are offering odds of 1/10.

Roy Keane

The former Forest midfielder has long been linked with a return to the City Ground, could this be his moment? Keano achieved success with Sunderland - guiding them to the Premier League at the first time of asking - before quitting the Black Cats. He then took charge at Ipswich Town, but he couldn't replicate his early success at the Stadium of Light at Portman Road. Keano knows the club and what it means to the fans, but would he really want to give up his cushy media job to go back into the lion's pit of management at Forest? He's 1/25 at Bet Fred.

Other names in the frame include Darren Ferguson, Gus Poyet, John Pemberton, Owen Coyle and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. But with Forest in 11th place, just six points off a play-off place, their next appointment has to be the right one. Who will it be? We'd love to hear from you.

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