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Nottingham Forest hire former Villa boss McLeish

Published on Dec 28, 2012 5:51 AM
 
Nottingham Forest's Kuwaiti owners appointed former Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish as their new manager on Thursday just 24 hours after sacking Sean O'Driscoll. -- PHOTO: ACTION IMAGES

LONDON (AFP) - Nottingham Forest's Kuwaiti owners appointed former Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish as their new manager on Thursday just 24 hours after sacking Sean O'Driscoll.

Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi insisted he wanted a manager with Premier League experience when he made the surprise decision to dismiss O'Driscoll following the Championship team's 4-2 win over Leeds on Wednesday.

And Mr Al Hasawi swiftly followed through on that commitment by hiring McLeish, who has previously led Birmingham to promotion from the second tier but was sacked by Villa at the end of last season after just one year in charge.

"I'm delighted to welcome Alex to our club and look forward to working with him," Mr Al Hasawi told Forest's website.

 
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