BREAKING: Alex McLeish parts company with Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest will today begin their search for their fourth manager since July, after Alex McLeish and the Reds parted company.
The Scotsman left the club by mutual consent this morning, after spending much of the last few days debating his future.
McLeish had been frustrated following a series of deadline day failures, as well as disagreements behind the scenes.
And McLeish this morning said: "There was a difference in the understanding of the development strategy of the club."
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The summer began with the Al Hasawi family sacking Steve Cotterill within days of their arrival.
Sean O'Driscoll was brought in as his replacement and back with a host of new signings, as the club rebuilt their squad.
But O'Driscoll was sacked, in surprising fashion, on Boxing Day, at a time when the Reds were just a single point off the play-off places.
Forest's owners felt McLeish was the man to inspire a promotion push and the Scot himself was assured he would be backed in the January window.
But, while Forest did make two further loan signings, in the form of Elliott Ward and Gonzalo Jara and also added Darius Henderson on a short-term deal, their main targets all fell by the wayside.
Bids for Wolves defender Stephen Ward and winger Chris Burke of Birmingham City were rejected. While the transfer of George Boyd from Peterborough collapsed over issues with the player's eyesight.
As reported in the Post on Saturday, it was enough to make McLeish consider his Forest future.
And, after seeing Burke net twice to condemn Forest to a 2-1 defeat at his former club, McLeish decided that it was time to end his tenure.