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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Alex McLeish relishes chance in Nottingham Forest hotseat

Published 28/12/2012 | 10:28

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Nottingham Forest have appointed Alex McLeish as manager. Photo: PA

ALEX McLeish was back in management this morning as boss of Championship promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest.

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McLeish had been out of work since being dismissed by Aston Villa in May but is viewed by Forest's Kuwaiti owners as the manager to guide the east midlands club to the Premier League.



The 53-year-old Scot, who will appear at a press conference this afternoon after taking charge of training, welcomed the opportunity to join a club lying eighth in the Championship, just a point outside the play-offs.



He replaced the sacked Sean O'Driscoll and told club website nottinghamforest.co.uk: "I'm really looking forward to working with Nottingham Forest.



"I've had time away from the game and now feel refreshed and ready to go.



"The fact that a club of Forest's magnitude has offered me a job excites me greatly - it's a wonderful opportunity.



"I can't wait to get started and I'm looking forward to meeting the players, talking to them and taking my first training session."



McLeish was confirmed in the Forest hotseat yesterday evening - a day after the club raised eyebrows with their decision to dismiss O'Driscoll, who hours earlier had overseen a 4-2 win over Leeds.



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