Crisis at Nottingham Forest and Notts County as Keith Curle is sacked and Alex McLeish's future is uncertain
NOTTINGHAM'S football world is in turmoil after a weekend of crisis for both its top clubs.
Notts County sacked boss Keith Curle yesterday, while Nottingham Forest manager Alex McLeish spent Sunday with his family debating his position at the City Ground – two weeks after the club sacked chief executive Mark Arthur, head of recruitment Keith Burt and former player, manager and chairman Frank Clark.
Forest season ticket holder Lisa Fox, 37, of Basford, said fans wanted stability.
"I think McLeish has been dealt a bit of a hard time. It is a hard one to call. I don't know where we would go if he was to walk because who would want to come to the club?"
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Alan Higgott, 42, a Notts County Supporters' Club committee member, was surprised by the Magpies' decision.
"If we were going to get rid of him I thought we might have done it a few weeks ago," he said.
"On the other hand, I'm not surprised because he had been getting a lot of stick from certain sections of supporters and the gates have been going down."
Magpies chairman Ray Trew cited a slump in form and a drop in attendances at Meadow Lane as two of the reasons for sacking Curle, along with his assistants, Colin West and Colin Lee.
The 49-year-old notably helped Notts set a club record of 22 away games unbeaten
Notts players took to Twitter to voice their opinions yesterday, with defender Dean Leacock saying: "Not good news. He was a proper top man. Will be missed massively."
Forest, meanwhile, have been making the headlines since sacking manager Sean O'Driscoll on Boxing Day.
His replacement, McLeish, had an unhappy return to former club Birmingham City on Saturday as Forest lost 2-1.