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Alex McLeish takes the reins as Nottingham Forest manager yesterday

Alex McLeish defends style of play on first day at Nottingham Forest

"I had a text this morning from Mick McCarthy," Alex McLeish said as he introduced himself to the media as the fifth Nottingham Forest manager in four years. "It said 'welcome back to the asylum'."

<b>Alex McLeish (Aston Villa, June 17 2011 - May 14 2012)</b><br/>
The appointment of McLeish just five days after leaving Villa's arch-rivals Birmingham was greeted with mass protests and anti-McLeish graffiti outside the ground. A poor start to the season didn't help his chances of winning them over. An insistence on using negative tactics and squad disharmony saw the Villains narrowly miss out on relegation and no sooner had the curtain fallen on the Premier League season, the Scot was sacked.GE

Alex McLeish admits Nottingham Forest job came as a 'surprise'

Former Aston Villa manager is not a popular choice among fans

The Sports Matrix: Friday 28 December 2012

Farce as rookie coach is set to take key role at Rovers

Footballers have a phenomenal life, says Martin O'Neill

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has admitted every day is like Christmas Day for a professional footballer.

On the rise: Luciano Becchio nods in Leeds’ second to hit the club’s top 10

Championship round-up: Becchio strikes twice to welcome in the new dawn for Leeds

Luciano Becchio scored twice to give Leeds United's new owners the perfect start with a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough at Elland Road. Dubai-based private equity group GFH Capital this week completed their takeover of the club and Neil Warnock's side are now just two points off the Championship top six.

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Attorney General makes application to quash Hillsborough verdicts

An application by the Attorney General to quash the original Hillsborough inquest verdicts is due to be heard at the High Court next week, the Judicial Office said today.

Application to quash the original Hillsborough inquest verdicts could be made today

Families of the 96 victims of the 1989 tragedy have campaigned to have the accidental death verdicts overturned

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

James Perch missing for Newcastle's home match against Wigan

Premier League team news

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway bemoans Championship fixture 'madness'

Palace held to draw in midweek

The Sports Matrix: Thursday 29 November 2012

Hammer blow as Van Persie strikes early for United

10-man Cardiff held as Middlesbrough move up

None of the top three won in the Championship last night, with leaders Cardiff drawing 1-1 at Derby after winger Craig Noone was sent off in the 63rd minute when Malky Mackay's side were winning, Crystal Palace being held 0-0 at Hull and Leicester losing 1-0 to Leeds, Luciano Becchio getting the winner from the penalty spot in the third minute at Elland Road.

Leicester in confident mood ahead of Leeds clash says midfielder Danny Drinkwater

Leicester will head to Leeds tonight flying high in the table and with confidence to match, according to midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

Mark Hughes' career timeline

Ross Barkley returns to Everton

The 18-year-old moved to Hillsborough on an initial one-month deal but that was later extended

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