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The Nottingham Forest manager and former Villans coach says that a year is not long enough to transform the club's fortunes, and they must stick with him despite their poor form

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By Rory O'Sullivan

Former Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish says that current boss Paul Lambert needs to be given more time to turn around the club's fortunes.

McLeish, now Nottingham Forest manager, says that despite a poor run of form that has seen them crash out of the Capital One Cup against League Two Bradford City at the semi-final stage and drop into the Premier League relegation zone, the club must trust Lambert.

"A year is not enough to change the fortunes of a club who have been struggling into a team to compete in the top half of the table again, and compete in all of the cup competitions," McLeish told Goal.com.

"Paul's probably had to make some very quick decisions, and maybe different to the plans I had in place, but now he has to be given more time."

McLeish parted ways with Aston Villa in May 2012 after 11 months in charge, but before accepting the Nottingham Forest job at the end of December he took a seven-month break - which he says he sorely needed.

He added: "It was none stop, and for my head I thought I needed to take a break, get some vitamin D back in the body and be refreshed."

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