Nottingham Forest part company with manager Alex McLeish by mutual agreement

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Nottingham Forest have parted company with manager Alex McLeish by mutual agreement.

When the Al-Hasawis completed their takeover of the club in the summer they outlined a three-year vision to get Forest back into the Premier League. However, after a 4-2 home win over Leeds on Boxing Day left the Reds within touching distance of the play-off places, they changed their plans to target top-flight football this season. The surprising decision to sack O'Driscoll was made that evening with the Kuwaiti's stating their intent to appoint a manager with Premier League experience and McLeish was hired the next day. Former Aston Villa boss McLeish's departure is the latest drama in a turbulent season at the City Ground. Only last month the Al-Hasawi family caused outrage by sacking long-serving chief executive Mark Arthur and dismissing Reds legend Frank Clark from his ambassadorial role. Chief scout Keith Burt was also given the boot along with Arthur and Clark. McLeish leaves Forest 11th in the Championship table and six points adrift of the play-off places ahead of Saturday's trip to Bristol City, who recently appointed O'Driscoll as manager.

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