Nottingham Forest manager Alex McLeish has let the City Ground by mutual consent, despite being in charge for just 40 days.
He is now the second boss to leave the club this campaign following the shock sacking of Sean O’Driscoll back in December.
It seems as though the Scotsman had different ideas to the club’s Chairman, Fawaz Al Hasawi, and when there are disagreements between the board and the manager, the outcome is nearly always the same.
Al Hasawi said: “I’m bitterly disappointed – as is Alex – it has not worked out.”
What seemed to frustrate the former Aston Villa boss was that he was not able to do much business in the January transfer window. George Boyd from Peterborough United looked all but certain to sign for Forest, but failed an eye test on deadline day. More might have been made of this strange story if it wasn’t for the Peter Odemwingie saga.
The Kuwaiti owners are now on the hunt for their fourth manager since taking over in June and in truth, Nottingham Forest’s reputation is being damaged.
It seems as though the personal in charge of the Midlands club want instant success and will keep hiring and firing until that happens.
However, in the Championship – which is one of the most demanding leagues around – you cannot afford to chop-and-change this often. Club’s like Forest need stability and unless someone comes in and wins ten games on the trot, that doesn’t look like happening.
McLeish is a well-respected manager that could have probably taken Forest back to the Premier League in the next three years or so, but that clearly wasn’t enough.
He said: “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.
“Both parties entered into the relationship in good faith, however, there was a difference in the understanding of the development strategy of the football club and it was felt by both parties that we should part company.”
So the question is, what now?
Well, Nigel Adkins is being tipped as the early favourite for the job, but after being sacked by Southampton when doing a fantastic job, is this a task he would want to take on?
Whoever does come in has to know what they are in for as right now, Nottingham Forest are in a bit of a mess.