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David Moyes linked with Schalke manager"s job

Schalke wait to pounce for Moyes at end of season if talks over new deal at Everton falter

By
Chris Wheeler

PUBLISHED:

21:30 GMT, 4 April 2013

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UPDATED:

22:56 GMT, 4 April 2013

David Moyes is back at the top of Schalke’s wanted list as the German club prepare to appoint a new manager this summer — with Celtic’s Neil Lennon a strong candidate to replace the Scot if he leaves Everton.

It was thought Moyes had slipped behind Armin Veh in the Schalke running until the Eintracht Frankfurt coach signed a new deal last week.

Moyes, 49, has put off talks over a new deal until the end of the season and is keen to hear what Schalke have to offer.

In the frame: David Moyes is a Schalke target

In the frame: David Moyes is a Schalke target

Contender: Neil Lennon may replace Moyes at Everton

Contender: Neil Lennon may replace Moyes at Everton

The Bundesliga club are looking for a top European coach after installing Jens Keller on a short-term basis when they sacked Huub Stevens in December.

Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is also in the frame.

Lennon is on the verge of securing his second successive SPL title with Celtic.

But there is a growing sense that he could quit Parkhead for a new challenge this summer.

With Rangers not due to return to
Scotland’s top league until 2015 at the earliest, Lennon knows football
north of the border will not be seriously competitive for his side.

Interim boss: Schalke installed Jens Keller on a short-term basis

Interim boss: Schalke installed Jens Keller on a short-term basis

In the mix: Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh

In the mix: Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh

Having the chance to take the next step in his management career at Everton may be too good an opportunity to turn down.

Lennon’s stock has grown considerably this season, despite the lack of competition on the domestic front, thanks to Celtic’s run to the Champions League knock-out stages — which included that euphoric win over Barcelona.

Moyes' 11-year spell in charge at Goodison Park makes him the third longest-serving manager in the Premier League, but he has put off talks over a new deal until the end of the season and will wait to hear what Schalke have to offer.

The Bundesliga club are looking for a top European coach after installing Jens Keller on a short-term basis when they sacked Huub Stevens in December.

Brian McDermott sacked by Reading

McDermott SACKED by Reading with strugglers four points adrift of Premier League safety

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

17:32 GMT, 11 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:50 GMT, 11 March 2013

Brian McDermott has been sacked as Reading fight to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

The Royals suffered a demoralising 2-1 home defeat against drop rivals Aston Villa on Saturday to push them deeper into trouble.

And McDermott has paid the price as they bid to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.

Roberto Di Matteo and Paolo Di Canio are among the early frontrunners to take the post.

*Scroll down to watch highlights of McDermott's final match in charge

Sacked: McDermott guided Reading to the npower Championship title last season

Sacked: McDermott guided Reading to the npower Championship title last season

The bottom six of the Premier League

The bottom six of the Premier League

A statement from Reading read: 'Reading Football Club has announced today the departure of Manager Brian McDermott.

'Owner Anton Zingarevich wishes to place on record his thanks to Brian who had achieved great success with the club since taking over as Manager in December 2009.

'Brian gained promotion to the Barclays Premier League last year for only the second time in the club’s history thanks to a remarkable run at the end of last season. However, in our current situation, owner Anton Zingarevich felt that a change was necessary.

Struggling: Reading have lost five games in a row in all competitions

Struggling: Reading have lost five games in a row in all competitions

Ruthless: Zingarevich (left) showed no quarter in sacking McDermott

Ruthless: Zingarevich (left) showed no quarter in sacking McDermott

'The search for a successor will start immediately and it is hoped that a new Manager will be in place as soon as possible to lead the fight against potential relegation.'

Reading are four points from safety with nine matches remaining to secure their top-flight status.

McDermott took Reading up last season as champions but they have struggled to make an impact in the Premier League.

Russian owner Anton Zingarevich has
now acted to save their season – with the new manager set to start with
an away match against title favourites Manchester United on Saturday.

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Madness at Chelsea! Suggs visits Blues

It really is Madness at Chelsea! Superfan Suggs drops in to visit Blues

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13:35 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:35 GMT, 1 March 2013

There was more Madness at Chelsea on Friday morning as superfan Suggs turned up at their Cobham training ground.

The players are preparing to face West Bromwich Albion at the end of an eventful week which saw interim boss Rafa Benitez launch an extraordinary attack on the club's fans and owner Roman Abramovich.

Benitez slammed the supporters after Wednesday's win at Middlesbrough, claiming they were not doing the team any favours by continuing to boo him.

Our house: Suggs paid a visit to Chelsea's Cobham training ground

Our house: Suggs paid a visit to Chelsea's Cobham training ground

But Suggs' commitment to the Stamford
Bridge outfit can never be doubted. The 52-year-old, who has a string
of hits under his belt with Madness and as a solo artist, reached No 22
in the charts in 1997 with Blue Day, the song he recorded with the
players for the FA Cup final.

The west Londoners beat Middlesbrough
2-0 in the Wembley showpiece with former manager Roberto Di Matteo
scoring after 42 seconds.

Thew club's official Twitter page
said this morning: 'We've been fortunate enough to welcome legendary
Chelsea fan Suggs to Cobham this morning! #CFC #BlueDay.'

Rafael Benitez crisis: Chelsea had Mourinho, Rodgers, Villas-Boas and Clarke – now they are full of resentment

Chelsea old boys Mourinho, AVB, Clarke and Rodgers are full of simmering resentment… is it any surprise after working at this club

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Roberto Di Matteo (Mar 2012-Nov 2012)
Rafa Benitez (Nov 2012- )

It was no surprise the combustible Villas-Boas and Mourinho fell out, but more damagingly Clarke and Rodgers now have one of the frostiest relationships in the game.

Clarke played a pivotal role in getting Rodgers’ career started at Stamford Bridge and was torn apart by the way he was treated by the Ulsterman when their paths crossed briefly again at Liverpool last summer.

Clarke, regarded as one of football’s nice guys, had put his own reputation on the line to get Rodgers a job at Chelsea.

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers

Now and then: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was once youth and reserve-team boss at Chelsea

Can West Brom's grim reapers Bag another Chelsea manager's scalp

Rafael Benitez will not be happy to see Chelsea's next opponents are West Bromwich Albion – the grim reapers of Blues bosses.

The Baggies have hammered the final nail into the coffin of Benitez's two predecessors in the Stamford Bridge hotseat, Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo.

Villas-Boas' reign was ended after just eight torrid months following a dismal 1-0 defeat at West Brom in March 2012, in which Gareth McAuley struck the winner.

Chelsea

And Di Matteo saw his reign terminated, despite winning the Champions League just six months before, after an unacceptable run of results culminated in a 2-1 defeat at The Hawthorns in November last year.

Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie scored the goals as the Italian's fate was sealed even before the Champions League defeat against Juventus three days later.

Yet when Rodgers arrived on Merseyside
to succeed Kenny Dalglish as manager, Clarke – the club’s
assistant manager – learned about his dismissal with a phone call from
the club’s human resources department, rather than from Rodgers himself.

Fortunately for Clarke, he has been able to rebuild impressively his shattered career at West Brom this season with the club standing seventh in the Premier League, and is too polite to follow Benitez’s example and go public with his grievances.

But as he walks out at Stamford Bridge this weekend, he’ll undoubtedly cast his mind back to 2004 when he was Mourinho’s assistant manager at Chelsea and Rodgers an unknown 31-year-old whose playing career had been cut short by injury.

When a vacancy came up as youth-team manager, Chelsea playing idol Gus Poyet was the hot favourite until Clarke remembered the keen young coach he’d met on a pro-licence course and recommended him to Roman Abramovich.

The rest, as they say, is history. Rodgers learned avidly under Mourinho and used four years at Chelsea as a springboard for his own managerial career, at Watford, Reading, Swansea and currently at Liverpool.

In all that time, Clarke felt his early assistance went unappreciated.

‘Even at Liverpool, Brendan never spoke to him through the process of Steve leaving his job. They knew each other well but he left it to another department to sort it out,’ confirmed a friend.

‘The thing that hurts most is he never got a thank you. It’s an understatement to say he was badly treated.’

Rafa Benitez will know how he feels. It must be a Chelsea thing.

CHELSEA IN 2007: WHEN ROMAN COULDN’T MOVE FOR MANAGERS…

Glory days: Mourinho and Clarke formed a strong bond which brought huge success to Chelsea

Glory days: Mourinho and Clarke formed a strong bond which brought huge success to Chelsea

JOSE MOURINHO (manager)
The Special One led Chelsea to their
first title since 1955 but was sacked after a Champions League draw against
Rosenborg. Now in charge of Real Madrid but tipped for a return.

STEVE CLARKE (assistant manager)
A former Chelsea player, he was able
to teach Mourinho all about the club’s history and tradition. After
being a long-time No 2, will be back at the Bridge this weekend as West
Brom manager.

BRENDAN RODGERS (reserve-team manager)
Clarke gave him a reference to become
Chelsea’s youth-team manager and he was promoted to the reserves. Now in
his fourth managerial job, at Liverpool.

ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS (scout and cheerleader)
Mourinho’s close friend from Portugal,
AVB was often a hot-headed figure seen on the Chelsea bench. Now
reinvented himself as a great thinker, he failed as Chelsea manager but
doing well at Spurs‬.

Sir Alex Ferguson fourth in Managers" Performance Table behind Nigel Pearson, Paolo Di Canio and Roberto Mancini

He's nine points clear and chasing a 12th Premier League title… but Fergie's not the best manager in the English game

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

08:20 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:29 GMT, 5 February 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson may be lording it over the rest in the Barclays Premier League, but he isn’t having it all his own way in a competition devised to allow managers from all four divisions to measure their achievements against each other.

The Manchester United boss is sitting on a nine-point gap at the top of the Premier League, but he can’t hold a candle to Leicester’s Nigel Pearson in the Castrol LMA Managers’ Performance Table.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Nigel Pearson, the Leicester City manager

Best in the business: Sir Alex Ferguson (left) may have guided Manchester United to a 10 point lead in the Barclays Premier League, but Leicester's Nigel Pearson (right) trumps him in the LMA chart (below)

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LMA manager performance list

Pearson leads the way, in the latest quarterly table, with Ferguson trailing in fourth behind third-placed Paolo Di Canio, of Swindon, and, gallingly for the man who christened The Etihad Stadium’s inhabitants his ‘noisy neighbours’, Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini in second.

Points are awarded for every competitive game played by all 92 Football League and Premier League clubs. There is a sliding scale for wins, draws, clean sheets, goals scored, winning margins and knock-out matches, with the total number of points gained divided by games played and, finally, multiplied by 10, to do away with decimals, to arrive at the Top Twenty score.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Swindon Town manager, Paolo Di Canio

Flying high: Manchester City's Roberto Mancini (left) is second in the LMA table, while Swindon's Paolo Di Canio came in third

Though consistently in the top five or six, the three quarterly tables so far do not make pleasant reading for the fiery United manager.

Bad enough being fifth, behind Roberto Di Matteo, Ronnie Moore, Arsene Wenger and Port Vale’s Micky Adams, in the first, he suffered an even greater indignity in the second by finishing lower than his arch-rival Rafa Benitez.

Despite Benitez’s woes as interim Chelsea boss, he was second to Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, with Paul Sturrock, Kenny Jackett and Gianfranco Zola also ahead of sixth-placed Fergie.

Southampton sack Nigel Adkins

Southampton SACK Adkins and replace him with Pochettino just two days after drawing away at champions of Europe Chelsea

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

10:40 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:58 GMT, 18 January 2013

Nigel Adkins has been sacked by Southampton despite the club sitting three points above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

The decision comes just 48 hours after his side fought back for a draw at giants Chelsea.

Southampton have suffered just one defeat in their last seven Premier League games, a run which includes wins over Aston Villa and Reading and draws at Stamford Bridge and at home to Arsenal.

Mauricio Pochettino has been named the club's new manager after talks with executive chairman Nicola Cortese.

Encourage: Nigel Adkins saw his side recover from 2-0 down Chelsea to draw 2-2 with the European champions

Encouraging: Nigel Adkins saw his side recover from 2-0 down at Chelsea to draw 2-2 with the European champions and move three points away from the relegation zone

Sportsmail revealed last week that Adkins' future was still under review by Cortese despite the club's upsurge in fortunes.

And last weekend's win over Aston Villa and the gutsy 2-2 draw at Chelsea did nothing to convince Cortese that Adkins has a long-term future at the club.

The Italian had long-standing doubts over Adkins' ability to manage in the Premier League and sounded out Christian Gross and Roberto Di Matteo about the manager's role.

In the frame: Pochettino (Pictured) has been targeted by Cortese as he looks to replace Adkins

In the frame: Pochettino (Pictured) has been targeted by Cortese as he looks to replace Adkins

Adkins was hopeful that he will be given until at least the end of the season.

Pochettino's name might already be familiar to football fans in the country as it was his foul on Michael Owen that led to David Beckham's winning penalty in England's 1-0 win over Argentina in World Cup 2002.

The 40-year-old was sacked as Espanyol
manager in November after the club's poor start to the La Liga campaign.
The Barcelona based side were bottom of the league with just nine
points from their first 13 games.

Foul play: Mauricio Pochettino will be remembered by England fans after tripping Michael Owen during the 2002 World Cup which gave David Beckham the chance to score his famous penalty

Foul play: Mauricio Pochettino will be remembered by England fans after tripping Michael Owen during the 2002 World Cup which gave David Beckham the chance to score his famous penalty

Florent Malouda has never met Rafael Benitez at Chelsea

Benitez has been at Chelsea for 56 days… and I've NEVER met him! Malouda reveals shock snub as he winds down 100,000-a-week contract

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

16:15 GMT, 16 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:29 GMT, 16 January 2013

Fifty-six days into Rafael Benitez's reign at Chelsea and Florent Malouda has STILL not met the Spaniard.

The French winger was a key part of the Champions League-winning side last season despite being dropped for the final but he was told he was free to leave the club last summer.

A move failed to materialise though and Malouda has made it quite clear he is happy to see out his 100,000-a-week contract at the club, which runs until June.

Florent Malouda has not played this season and seems unlikely to return to the side

Surplus: Florent Malouda has not played this season and seems unlikely to return

Malouda was initially frozen out by Roberto Di Matteo and Chelsea interim manager Benitez has been happy to continue that policy since he took over in November.

Malouda has played 149 times for the club since arriving in 2007, scoring 35 goals.

But his involvement in the first team is so minimal that The Times report that when he was quizzed recently on the arrival of Benitez, he replied that he had not even met the Spaniard.

Malouda rejected several offers from Premier League clubs last summer and at one stage looked set for a move to Brazilian side Santos, though they were unable to cover the 32-year-old's wages despite Chelsea being prepared to let him go at a reduced price to free up funds.

Malouda was a key partof Chelsea FA Cup winning team last season

Celebrating: Malouda was a key partof Chelsea FA Cup winning team last season

Santos' interest eventually cooled and Malouda was banished to the Chelsea's Under 21 side and not included in their 25-man Premier League squad.

Chelsea have received no interest in him during the transfer window, though it is thought they will accept a cut-price deal or even a free transfer for the former Lyon winger.

'A 12-month pre-season, the best of my life,' Malouda joked recently when asked about his situation.

Malouda has been training and playing with youngsters and it is understood that his behaviour has been impeccable.

Benitez has been slow to use Frank Lampard, let alone going to Malouda

New era: Benitez has been slow to use Frank Lampard, let alone going to Malouda

Luiz Felipe Scolari returns to Chelsea for Brazil v Russia freindly

Big Phil back at the Bridge! Scolari returns to Chelsea…but only for Brazil-Russia clash

By
Dan Ripley

PUBLISHED:

15:33 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:34 GMT, 15 January 2013

He may not be Roberto Di Matteo but Chelsea fans will see a former manager return to the club next month.

Luiz Felipe Scolari will set foot inside Stamford Bridge again but it won’t be to replace interim boss, Rafael Benitez.

Scolari will lead his Brazil side out in an international friendly against Russia, managed by ex-England boss Fabio Capello.

Guess who's back: Luiz Felipe Scolari returns to Chelsea with his Brazil side

Guess who's back: Luiz Felipe Scolari returns to Chelsea with his Brazil side

Quick decline: Despite a promising start, Scolari failed to win over the Chelsea dressing room before being dismissed seven months into the job

Quick decline: Despite a promising start, Scolari failed to win over the Chelsea dressing room before being dismissed seven months into the job

The Brazilian spent just seven months in charge of the west London club before being sacked in February 2009 but admitted he was looking forward to returning.

Scolari said: 'Going to London is a great joy. It will be an opportunity to thank the Chelsea's fans for the affection and the great interaction I had with them.

‘The game against Russia will be very
important in order to prepare Brazil's national team for the
Confederations Cup in 2013 and the World Cup in 2014. Russia is a strong
opponent and it is traditionally hard to play against them.'

England's nemesis: Scolari eliminated the Three Lions from three successive tournaments between 2002 to 2006 while in charge of Brazil and Portugal

England's nemesis: Scolari eliminated the Three Lions from three successive tournaments between 2002 to 2006 while in charge of Brazil and Portugal

England's nemesis: Scolari eliminated the Three Lions from three successive tournaments between 2002 and 2006 while in charge of Brazil and then Portugal

Familiar face: former England manager Fabio Capello will lead out Russia against Scolari's Brazil at Stamford Bridge

Familiar face: former England manager Fabio Capello will lead out Russia against Scolari's Brazil at Stamford Bridge

Scolari enjoyed a positive start in his spell as Chelsea manager, winning 10 of his first 13 league games. But just four victories in his next 12 ultimately cost him his job as his side slipped out of the title picture.

The 64-year-old was appointed Brazil boss for a second time last November, having helped the country lift the World Cup in 2002 before going on to lead Portugal at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup.

The match between Brazil and Russia will be the first international match at Stamford Bridge for 60 years – the ground having previously hosted four England games – and is due to take place on Monday March 25 at 7.30pm.

London XI 2012: Chelsea dominate our team of the year but there"s ZERO Arsenal stars – Neil Ashton

London XI 2012: Chelsea dominate our team of the year with SEVEN players, but there's ZERO Arsenal stars… and can you guess which Championship tyro gets the nod

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UPDATED:

11:46 GMT, 31 December 2012

Sportsmail's dream teams

Click below to read:

Jamie Redknapp's team of the season so far

Martin Keown's Arsenal/Spurs XI

Dominic King's Mersey stars of 2012

It's been something of a mixed year for London clubs. The last 12 months have seen Chelsea crowned FA Cup and European champions, but manager Roberto Di Matteo was ditched after a Premier League slump despite that unforgettable May night in Munich.

But the Blues' triumph was bad news for Tottenham, whose Champions League spot was snatched away despite breaking into the Premier League's top four. Meanwhile, West Ham have built on their promotion from the Championship and Fulham continue to enjoy life in the top flight.

But over at the Emirates Stadium, the trophy cabinet remained bare for yet another season. While Arsenal again finished in the top four, Arsene Wenger has come under increasing pressure amid a dip in performances and the loss of another top star, Robin van Persie, to Manchester United.

But whatever the fortunes of their respective clubs, here Sportsmail selects the standout performers from London clubs in 2012. Do you agree Let us know who would be in and out of your team by posting in the comments section below…

Goalkeeper:

Petr Cech

No contest. Saved a penalty in extra-time from former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben in the Champions League final and was the hero with two more in the shoot-out. Best keeper in town.

Petr to the rescue: Cech saves Arjen Robben's penalty in the Champions League final in May

Petr to the rescue: Cech saves Arjen Robben's penalty during the Champions League final in May

Branislav Ivanovic

Ashley Cole (left)

Right-back: Branislav Ivanovic

Tempted to give this to Kyle Walker
as an orthodox right back, but Ivanovic, a natural central defender, is
so tenacious he deserves his place. Next year, Kyle.

Left-back: Ashley Cole

Despite the uncertainty about his
future, he is guaranteed to produce week in, week out. Chelsea will miss
him next season – he’s still the best left-back in the world.

Centre-backs:

Steven Caulker

Given the runaround by Zlatan Ibrahimovic when Sweden played England in November, but he has been outstanding for AVB at Spurs. Young players need encouragement and AVB has provided it.

David Luiz

Just love this guy. Has an outgoing personality on and off the pitch and he’s not afraid to show it. Will develop into one of the best ball playing central defenders in the world under his next manager.

Steven Caulker (left)

Not your average centre-halves: Spurs youngster Steven Caulker (top left) and the gifted David Luiz (below)

David Luiz

Defensive midfield:

What a goal: Ramires sparked Chelsea's incredible Champions League triumph over Barcelona with this chip

What a goal: Ramires sparked Chelsea's incredible Champions League triumph over Barcelona with this chip

Ramires

Has adapted to the physical demands of
the Premier League and has emerged as a key part of Chelsea’s plans for
the long-term future. Just edges in ahead of Sandro and Dembele.

Frank Lampard

Lifted the European Cup as captain for
the first time in Chelsea’s history and fully deserved it after an
outstanding career at Stamford Bridge. One of the game’s great
statesmen.

Crowning glory: Frank Lampard capped his magnificent Chelsea career by lifting the European Cup

Crowning glory: Frank Lampard capped his magnificent Chelsea career by lifting the European Cup

Attacking midfield:

Wilfried Zaha

Any player who can make people wake up on a Saturday morning with childlike excitement at the thought of watching him play merits a place in any team. Have witnessed this kid’s development week in week out and he is some player.

Come and get him: Wilfried Zaha is ready to make the step up from Crystal Palace to a top club

Come and get him: Wilfried Zaha is ready to make the step up from Crystal Palace to a top club

Juan Mata

Will have to play on the right of the front three to accommodate Gareth Bale, but he is comfortable in any position. Chelsea’s player of the year last season, could easily win it this time too.

Gareth Bale

His thrilling runs down the left are becoming part of Tottenham folklore. Unfair reputation for being a diver – most of the time he’s protecting himself from the risk of serious injury. Sensible lad.

Juan Mata

Gareth Bale

Just you try and stop them: The outstanding Juan Mata (left) and Gareth Bale (right)

Striker: Jermain Defoe

His game has matured and is now
equally comfortable isolated up front on his own, or playing alongside
Emmanuel Adebayor. Has scored 10 in the Premier League for AVB and
there is plenty more to come.


Coming of age: Jermain Defoe has matured into a fine goalscorer no matter who he plays with up front

Coming of age: Jermain Defoe has matured into a fine goalscorer no matter who he plays with up front

Alex McLeish appointed Nottingham Forest manager

Forest fans vent anger as McLeish lands manager's job ahead of Di Matteo just ONE day after O'Driscoll axing

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UPDATED:

23:18 GMT, 27 December 2012

ROUGH JUSTICE

Read Joe Ridge's Football League Blog for his opinion on Sean O'Driscoll's sacking just five months into the job

Nottingham Forest have 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 begin work tomorrow and will take charge of Saturday's npower Championship encounter with Crystal Palace at the City Ground.

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

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

'I'm really looking forward to working with Nottingham Forest,” McLeish told Forest's website.

'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.'

'I'm delighted to welcome Alex to our
club and look forward to working with him,' Forest chairman Fawaz Al
Hasawi added.

'Alex took Birmingham to promotion from the Championship and has great experience of working in the Premier League.

'He's hungry for more success and I
believe he's the man who can help us fulfil our ambition of making it to
the Premier League.'

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.

Shock: Roberto Di Matteo was a surprise contender for the Forest job

Shock: Roberto Di Matteo was a surprise contender for the Forest job

Missing out Roy Keane was in the stands for the match against Leeds United at the City Ground

Missing out Roy Keane was in the stands for the match against Leeds United at the City Ground

News of McLeish's appointment was met with a lukewarm reception in Nottingham.

A local newspaper poll ran a list of
candidates in the wake of O'Driscoll's shock exit and McLeish
received no votes by way of support.

A number of supporters also took to Twitter to voice their frustration after being linked
with the likes of Roy Keane and Roberto Di Matteo, who lifted the Champions League
trophy with Chelsea last season.

Clency
Lebrasse ‏(@Clency) posted: 'McLeish McLeish Is this a joke! Why
are forest raiding the brummie poundland for a boss Such an anti-climax
after hopes of a big name.

Harsh Sean O'Driscoll was sacked after Forest beat Leeds 4-2

Harsh Sean O'Driscoll was sacked after Forest beat Leeds 4-2

Ruthless: (From l-r) Fawaz Al-Hasawi, Abdulaziz Al-Hasawi and Omar Al-Hasawi are determined to reach the Premier League

Ruthless: (From l-r) Fawaz Al-Hasawi, Abdulaziz Al-Hasawi and Omar Al-Hasawi are determined to reach the Premier League

A RUTHLESS REGIME

New manager Alex McLeish may not feel too secure in his new position with how the Al-Hasawi family have treated his predecessors.

The Kuwaiti-based owners sacked Steve
Cotterill just two days after taking control of the club in July 2012.

Cotterill survived just nine months at Forest.

Sean O'Driscoll, who was sacked after a convincing win against Leeds on Boxing Day, parted ways with Nottingham Forest after joining the club five months earlier from Crawley Town.

Ben
List ‏(@ACosmicHobo) added:'McLeish is a boring dour man who plays dour
boring football. They'll be no more 4-2s at the City Ground this year
🙁 #nffc'

Nick Pickard ‏(@nickp210) said:
'Don't understand the appointment of Alex Mcleish, why would you get rid
of O'Driscoll for him. We will be going back to hoof ball again'

Simon
Ackrill ‏(@simon_ackrill) was slightly more positive, adding: 'Not the
biggest fan of mcleish but we've certainly appointed worse! Just gotta
get behind the team and the new gaffa #COYR #nffc'

Ex-Chelsea chief Di Matteo
was the most popular choice but the former Italy international is
believed to be holding out for a post in the Premier League.

McLeish, who left Aston Villa under a cloud after fans reacted angrily to the former Birmingham boss' poor run of results, has remained in good shape and hopes to catapult his new club into the Premier League, a feat he performed with Birmingham City in the 2008-09 campaign.

Derided: McLeish left Aston Villa under a cloud after a poor run of form

Derided: McLeish left Aston Villa under a cloud after a poor run of form

Derided: McLeish left Aston Villa under a cloud after a poor run of form