Nottingham Forest: The men who have taken the managerial hotseat since July
IT is only seven months since Steve Cotterill was relieved of his duties within days of the Al Hasawi family taking over control at Nottingham Forest.
At the time, as harsh as it was on the man who had steered the Reds to safety at a time of genuine peril, it was easy to sell it as a decision made out of ambition.
Cotterill had done an outstanding job to keep Forest in the Championship, against a backdrop of incredible unrest and financial limitations.
And he could rightly feel a sense of injustice at not being allowed to demonstrate his abilities in more comfortable circumstances.
On the other side of the Trent, Cotterill, who is now part of Harry Redknapp's backroom staff at QPR, had steered Notts County to the League Two title.
But it was the impressive job he had done keeping Portsmouth afloat that had got him the job at the City Ground.
Cotterill, fairly or not, was viewed by the Al Hasawi's as been a manager equipped to fight fires, but not build a promotion push.
Ironically, his solid, stable approach to management would be welcome now as Forest once more find themselves in stormy waters.
AFTER starting his Nottingham Forest tenure under instructions to follow a three-to-five year plan for success, Sean O'Driscoll departed after discovering that the demand for success was in fact rather more immediate.
To be blunt, the decision to sack him on Boxing Day only begins to look more farcical following the latest twist in the tale at the City Ground.
O'Driscoll had not managed to instill consistency in his Forest squad, but you felt things were steadily falling into place.
The Reds were adopting the style of play that has so long been demanded by supporters and, when things did click, they were a match for any side in the Championship.
Off the pitch, O'Driscoll had a clear ethos in mind; a solid plan for what he wanted to achieve and how he wanted to achieve it.
His words rarely made cutting back page copy, but spending half an hour in his company was always interesting and insightful.
Ironically, a 4-2 win over Leeds United was one of those occasions when Forest did show their potential under O'Driscoll.
But he was to be sacked just hours after the final whistle.
It is hard not to question what life at Forest would be like now, had O'Driscoll not been sacked.
Forest will get a reminder of sorts when they travel to face Bristol City this weekend.
THE speed of the Scotsman's appointment two days after O'Driscoll's departure suggests he had been on the radar for some time.
But, while the Al Hasawi family may have believed he was the right fit for Nottingham Forest, McLeish, you sense, never quite felt the same way.
The job may not quite have matched up to what it said on the tin.
McLeish did not want to rush back into football in the summer, following his short, tense spell with Aston Villa.
And he may well now wish he had rejected Forest's approaches for a second time, when they came calling again after Christmas.
One win in seven matches do not reflect well on his impact on the pitch.
But that was significantly influenced by the chaos off it, which saw the club's hierarchy given the axe and rows behind the scenes over Forest's transfer policy.
McLeish retained his dignity through a frustrating series of deadline day failures – and through a painful defeat at his former club.
And he ultimately he decided that the most dignified thing he could do was to walk away completely.