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Alex McLeish lasted just 41 days in charge at the City Ground and Jim Knight looks at the contenders to take over at the Championship club

Being a football manager in the modern era is a notoriously difficult job, results are not just required, they're demanded, and immediately.

It seems not a week goes by when a Football League club are searching for a new manager - Notts County and Oldham for example, are currently searching for a new boss to manage their respective clubs.

It seems the Al-Hasawi family who took over at Nottingham Forest have gone one step further though. Alex McLeish was appointed to replace Sean O'Driscoll just 41 days ago and the club are once again on the hunt for a new manager.

Nottingham Forest - Next Permanent Manager

Odds from BetVictor
Nigel Adkins 3/1
Roy Keane 8/1
Roberto Di Matteo 10/1
Billy Davies 10/1
Owen Coyle 16/1
Paulo Di Canio 16/1
McLeish cited a "difference in the understanding of the development strategy of the football club" when compared to chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi as his reason for leaving the role.

This latest change signals the departure of Forest's fifth permanent manager since June 2011 and, while the Al-Hasawi family weren't responsible for the departures that took place before they took control of the club in summer 2012, potential replacements will be all too aware of the difficulties that Sean O'Driscoll and McLeish faced while in charge.

Nigel Adkins' departure from Southampton following back-to-back promotions to the Premier League also prompted questions from fans and neutrals alike, but the 47-year-old is the early market leader to take over at the City Ground at 3/1 (4.0) with BetVictor.

One high profile name who is sure to catch the eye of punters and fans alike is Roberto Di Matteo, the Italian led Chelsea to Champions League and FA Cup glory last season, and he’s made an 10/1 (11.0) play to take over at the Championship club.

Former Forest player Roy Keane, who took Sunderland to the Premier League during his time there, is a 12/1 (13.0) to be be the next permananent manager but his last few months in charge at Ipswich may not help his cause. That 8/1 (9.0) may not last too long though as the 41-year-old is being priced up as the favourite with some bookmakers.

Owen Coyle, who has been out of work since leaving Bolton earlier this season, is available to back at 16/1 (17.0).

Billy Davies, who left the club after two years in charge in 2009, is a 10/1 (11.0) shot to take over but his public disagreements with the club make that move seem unlikely, despite a change in ownership since his tenure.

The overriding factor with this market seems to be which manager will be willing to take on a club where the owners have already parted company with two managers inside a season, rather than who the board would like to appoint.

Mark Hughes is available to back at 10/1 (11.0) while Paolo Di Canio, currently in charge of League One side Swindon Town, is 16/1 (17.0) to make the step up to the Championship.

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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast

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