Alex McLeish set to beat Roy Keane to Nottingham Forest job

McLeish emerges as the favourite to take Forest job ahead of old boy Keane

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12:32 GMT, 27 December 2012

Alex McLeish has emerged as a serious contender for the vacant Nottingham Forest post after bookmakers slashed his odds this morning.

The former Aston Villa boss was a rank outsider with Roy Keane leading the running for the post which was surprisingly left open following Sean O'Driscoll's shock departure.

McLeish has been out of work for eight months after losing his job at Villa Park. However, with Blackburn Rovers also looking for a manger, the Scot is also likely to be interested in a position at Ewood Park.

Wanted: McLeish has been out of a job since he was sacked as manager of Aston Villa on the final day of last season

Wanted: McLeish has been out of a job since he was sacked as manager of Aston Villa on the final day of last season

The ex-Villa and Birmingham City chief retains a base in the Midlands and would have little trouble stepping into the role after Forest's owners, the Al-Hasawis, took the decision to axe O'Driscoll and his odds have tumbled this morning.

Out of the running: Roy Keane attended Forest's 4-2 victory over Leeds yesterday

Out of the running: Roy Keane attended Forest's 4-2 victory over Leeds yesterday

The Kuwaitis have confirmed that they have a meeting with a manager of Premier League experience today and that points towards McLeish being the man most likely at present to succeed O'Driscoll.

However Keane, who was in the crowd to watch Forest defeat Leeds 4-2 yesterday, is aso out-of-work following his sacking by Ipswich Town and remains among the favourites with the bookmakers for the role.