Championship round-up: Forest win... then sack O'Driscoll as manager

 

Nottingham Forest sacked manager Sean O'Driscoll tonight just hours after he led them to a 4-2 home win over Leeds United which left the club one point off the play-off places.

Owners Fawaz Al Hasawi and Abdulaziz Al Hasawi said in a statement on the club's website that they had made the decision because they wanted a manager with "Premier League experience".

O'Driscoll, who left Crawley in the summer to take over at the City Ground, leaves Forest in eighth. Chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi admitted O'Driscoll was unfortunate. He said: "We cannot speak highly enough of Sean as a man. He was appointed at an extremely difficult time for the club and can count himself unlucky to have lost his job."

Abdulaziz Al Hasawi, who was at today's game, added: "The timing of our decision may look a little odd but sometimes you need to make changes with the long-term future in mind. Sometimes those changes need to be made from a position of strength rather than weakness and that is what we are trying to do."

Billy Sharp scored twice to inspire Forest to come from a goal down to beat Leeds at the City Ground.

Paul Green fired Leeds into an early lead, but Sharp won a penalty when Tom Lees brought him down and converted it to draw Forest level just before the break. Sharp fired Forest ahead early in the second half, before Dexter Blackstock made it three goals in seven minutes. Davide Somma pulled one back for Leeds at the end.

Middlesbrough kept alive their promotion hopes with a 1-0 win against Blackburn. Lukas Jutkiewicz struck the game's goal midway through the second half.

Peterborough made it three wins on the bounce as Wolves fell victim to goals from Lee Tomlin, Tommy Rowe and Dwight Gayle.

Nathan Delfouneso struck for Blackpool to deny Huddersfield a first win in eight games, cancelling out Anthony Gerrard's strike.

Curtis Davies settled a thrilling contest in Birmingham's favour against Barnsley with a 2-1 victory at Oakwell. Davies was on target in each half, sandwiching an equaliser from Jonathan Greening.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
11 best anti-ageing day creams

11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power