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Saturday 16 November 2019

'Excited' McLeish takes over reins at Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest confirmed the appointment of Alex McLeish as their new manager – just a day after parting company with Sean O'Driscoll.

The former Birmingham and Aston Villa boss will take charge of tomorrow's Championship encounter with Crystal Palace at the City Ground.

"I'm delighted to welcome Alex to our club and look forward to working with him," Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi said. The 53-year-old McLeish, who has also had spells in charge of Rangers and the Scotland national team, had been out of work since being dismissed by Villa in May, after finishing just two points above the relegation zone in the Premier League.

The Scot, who will be presented to the media following training today, welcomed the opportunity to return to management at a club lying eighth in the second tier.

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

Forest raised eyebrows with their decision to sack O'Driscoll just hours after he had guided them to a 4-2 home win over Leeds. O'Driscoll departed with the club sitting just a point outside the play-off zone.

Abdulaziz Al Hasawi, who was present for the win over Leeds, said: "The timing may look a little odd after the win over Leeds, but sometimes you need to make changes with the long-term future in mind.

Fawaz Al Hasawi added: "We feel it's the right time to make a change. We were looking to bring in an ambitious manager with Premier League experience."

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