McLeish parts company with Forest after 40 days in charge

Wed, Feb 6, 2013, 00:00

Nottingham Forest are in search for a fifth manager in a little under seven months after Alex McLeish parted company with the club. McLeish left by mutual consent yesterday following mounting speculation about his future at the club after only 40 days in charge.

The Scot was left frustrated after missing out on several transfer targets last month – most notably Peterborough winger George Boyd whose move to the east midlands was scuppered by a failed eye test.

Reports of disagreements behind the scenes with the club’s Kuwaiti owners, the Al-Hasawi family, were also rife.

Former manager Billy Davies, who was sacked as Forest manager in the summer of 2011 after two-and-a-half turbulent years, is the bookmakers’ favourite. Other names in the frame include Nigel Adkins, Roy Keane and Paolo Di Canio.

Match-fixing

Meanwhile, Hungarian club Debrecen last night confirmed their Champions League match against Liverpool in 2009 was part of a match-fixing investigation. Debrecen said Uefa had taken action against goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic in 2010 for not reporting approaches from fixers before European matches – against Liverpool and Fiorentina.

Poleksic was banned for two years but the Uefa charge at the time only specified Fiorentina, and Liverpool say they have never been notified by any organisation that the match at Anfield was under investigation. There has never been any suspicion of wrongdoing by Liverpool, who won the match in question 1-0.

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