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  • on 13.06.2011
  • at 09:39 AM
  • by KT

McLeish Joins Managerial Merry-go-round

The tabloids and news sites have been dominated since the season ended, not by transfer rumours but by the managerial merry-go-round.

First Houllier left Aston Villa after a health scare. Then Mark Hughes vacated the Fulham hotseat, only to be replaced by Martin Jol.

Since then Roberto Martinez, Mark Hughes, Owen Coyle and now McLeish have all been linked with the Villa job yet owner Randy Lerner seems to be having trouble attracting the ‘right man’ to Villa Park.

Should the Scot get the Aston Villa job, this is sure to infuriate the Villa fans who are already upset at the loss of Ashley Young, whilst the future their other stars such as Downing and Bent remains in the balance.

McLeish is now as short as 11/10 (Skybet) to take over at Villa Park, but can still be backed at 7/4 (bet365). The odds on David Moyes seem to be creeping in too and he is not as short as 11/8 with Skybet whilst Paddy Power are still offering 7/2 for him to leave Goodison Park and take up the reigns at Villa.

But despite the rumours, acting Birmingham City chairman Peter Pannu remains defiant, telling Sky Sports:

“He is still our contracted staff and Birmingham City does not grant him any right to speak to any outsiders until the matter is resolved.

“I will be meeting my legal team and rest assured I will leave no stones unturned.”It’s about time some discipline is instilled into this game and I am unfortunately not a person who gets pushed about.”

McCaren makes return to English football

Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest have confirmed the appointment of Steve McClaren as their new manager earlier this morning.

The Championship side sacked Billy Davies on Sunday, only to bring in McClaren as his replacement within a matter of hours. After agreeing terms McClaren has penned a three-year deal at the City Ground.

The former England and Middlesbrough boss has been out of work since leaving German outfit Wolfsburg last season. Barring his bad time as England boss (remember  ‘umbrella-gate’?) he has an excellent club record and now sets his sites on getting Nottingham Forest back on the top flight of English football.

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