McLeish in at Reds as Clough calls Championship managerial departures 'very harsh'
ALEX McLeish is the latest man in the hot seat at Nottingham Forest today.
Derby County's East Midlands rivals named the former Rangers, Scotland, Birmingham City and Aston Villa manager as the man they believe can lead them to the Premier League in a statement last night.
Meanwhile, Rams boss Nigel Clough described the sackings of former Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll and Henning Berg at Blackburn Rovers as "very harsh."
O'Driscoll was relieved of his duties by Forest's Kuwaiti owners hours after a 4-2 victory over Leeds United on Boxing Day.
The former Doncaster Rovers chief had taken Forest to within a point of the play-off places after being appointed in the summer.
Berg lost his job at Blackburn after only 57 days in charge, having been unable to revive the club's fortunes following the departure of predecessor Steve Kean.
"We shouldn't be surprised by the news but we still are," said Clough, who is the second longest-serving manager in the Championship.
"One had been in the job for less than 60 days and the other had been there about five months and taken the team to a point outside the play-offs.
"So both decisions seem very harsh.
"I feel very sorry for Sean. He was brought in to do a job, which he was doing.
"He had put together a good squad and they are not far off the play-offs.
"Forest have spent a lot of money but every manager needs time and it's only halfway through the season.
"I'm sure he will get another job soon enough."
Berg, who signed a three-year contract on October 31, oversaw his 10th match of the season on Boxing Day – a 1-0 defeat at Middlesbrough.
The team won only one game with him in charge.
Berg's time at Ewood Park was hardly happy, with a statement earlier this month playing down claims that he had stormed out of the club's Christmas party.