Nottingham Forest parted company with Alex McLeish yesterday by mutual consent, despite the Scotsman being in charge for just 40 days at the City Ground.
The Kuwaiti owners at the club are now on the hunt for their fourth manager since taking over in July and at the moment, Forest are in a bit of a mess.
The bookmakers are of course taking plenty of bets on who might be the next man to take on this incredibly tough job, but some well-respected managers could turn it down after the way their predecessors have been treated.
The current favourite to replace McLeish is former Forest manager Billy Davis as he is at 1/2 with SkyBet.
In Davies’ previous spell in charge of the team, he could not manage a top six finish in two seasons and that eventually led to him getting the sack. It would be a strange appointment, but the Scotsman might feel as though he has a point to prove with the Midlands side.
One thing he is for sure, he would have to get off to a flying start.
Swindon Town boss, Paolo Di Canio, is then a 7/1 shot with Coral and he might be tempted by this job to really prove himself as a manager.
There was doubt about the Italian’s future with Swindon and the chance to manage in the Championship could be too good for him to turn down.
A bet on Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink give you odds of 8/1 over at BetVictor. The Dutchman was part of the coaching team when Sean O’Driscoll was manager, but his contract was terminated in January.
However, he now considered as one of the front-runners for the job with the bookies, but taking on an unproven manager would be a massive risk. The likes of O’Driscoll and McLeish didn’t impress the owners though, so maybe someone with fresh ideas might be the answer.
The remaining contender for this position is former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins. We think that betting on him looks to be great value as he is at 8/1 with Stan James.
Adkins is a top-quality manager, there is no doubt about that. If he went to Forest, you could see them making a push for promotion this campaign.
What might stop him moving to the City Ground though is the owners. He has already been on the wrong end of a harsh sacking this season, so might not risk another one with a demanding board that want instant success.
You never know, Chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi might want to take matters into his own hands and he is at 33/1 to become the next Nottingham Forest manager.
The two-time European Champions’ reputation is being damaged at the moment and the board simply have to get this decision right, and then give the new man in charge time to get his ideas across.