Only 40 days after replacing Sean O'Driscoll and taking charge of Nottingham Forest, Alex McLeish leaves the team, reportedly, after frustration by the lack of activity he was allowed in the transfer window.
McLeish managed only 7 games under his management in which a single game was won but he brought a breath of fresh air to the club after taking the reins just before the turn of the new year.
Publically stating that his departure from the club was by mutual consent, Notts Forest are now looking for their 4th new Manager since the al-Hasawi family took over the club last July.
Rumours have pointed the finger saying that McLeish walked out after being deeply upset with the club's lack of activity in the transfer window and especially with the lack of a deal for George Boyd. The deal for Boyd was stopped at the last minute due to an alleged eye defect and other potential transfers to the club that didn’t work out.
McLeish issued a statement this morning, via the League Managers' Association, confirming his departure from the club by mutual consent.
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 and I want to thank the players, staff and fans for their support and wish Nottingham Forest the best of fortunes ahead.”
On the Nottingham Forest website today, Forest’s Chairman, Fawaz al-Hasawi states, “I'm bitterly disappointed – as is Alex – that it has not worked out as we had hoped. I would like to put on record my thanks for his services and wish him every success in the future."