Nottingham Forest have punished Billy Davies for failing to get the team promoted or toeing the line with Chairman Nigel Doughty by sacking him with immediate effect.
Davies had always had a tumultuous relationship with the club’s board and it is the timing rather than the decision that is surprising after the club failed to achieve promotion.
It looks likely he will be replaced at the City Ground by Steve McClaren the former England manager who left the isle in disgrace tagged the ‘wally with the brolly’ as England failed to qualify for Euro 2008.
The lined up replacement will first however have to win over the fans, who given his last headline job as manager of the national team have given his potential appointment a very mixed review.
McClaren would join a club which craves Premier League football and expectations are unlikely to give a new manager especially one who any headway at a club that craves a return to the Premier League.
Despite some scepticism this could be a very good appointment for Forest. Despite some colossal failures with England and Wolfsburg, McClaren has in general shown himself to be a very adept manager, overachieving at Middlesbrough and FC Twente.
His previous work at Manchester United and England means he will have a vast network of connections that he can bring to bear in both the transfer and loan markets.
Although he will need to tackle the club’s infamous ‘transfer acquisitions committee’ his connections could lead to some real transfer coups which would leave the club buzzing with excitement.
The bad feeling around his stint at England also masks his ability as a man manager and tactician, he took an average Middlesbrough side to the UEFA cup final and FC Twente to the Dutch League title.
A controversial choice amongst the fans, this could be the appointment that helps Forest achieve their Premier League ambitions.