EXCLUSIVE: McLeish's position at Forest under threat after bust-up with Kuwaiti owners
22:30 GMT, 30 January 2013
23:54 GMT, 30 January 2013
Alex McLeish’s position at Nottingham Forest is unclear following a bust-up with the club’s new owners over transfer funds.
The former Scotland manager has had a row with the Kuwaiti owners of the east Midlands club after a tense five weeks since succeeding Sean O’Driscoll.
Matters have been bubbling under ever since O’Driscoll’s sacking with chief executive Mark Arthur, head of player recruitment Keith Burt and Forest ambassador Frank Clark all being asked to leave.
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After 14 years of service to Forest, Arthur was handed a letter informing him of his cessation of duties and Burt found out he was being axed after his wife read out a similar missive from the club while he was hosting a scouts’ meeting.
Forest were taken over by the Al-Hasawi family last summer and McLeish was appointed in bizarre circumstances after O’Driscoll was sacked following a 4-2 triumph over Leeds United on Boxing Day, a victory which left Forest just one point from the play-offs.
McLeish was promised a significant kitty to use during the transfer window. However, the club’s technical advisor Dr Tariq Aljalahmah, has held a series of meetings this week with several key figures including McLeish and the remaining members of the club’s scouting team.
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The Scot was told that the club was reticent to sanction any cash deals, with Forest preferring instead to do business in the loan market.
McLeish stood his ground, asking for the money that he believed he was getting after agreeing to take on the job late last month.
The matter had been left in abeyance but some progress looked to have been made last night as Forest mounted a bid to swipe Peterborough United’s George Boyd from under Crystal Palace’s noses.