The Lead

VOICE OVER: He had…well not talent exactly.

FAWAZ AL-HASAWI: “I think you’re the only adequate replacement we could find for Sean O’Driscoll under short notice whose desire to work in football again outweighs any concerns about a clearly irresponsible ownership group.”

ALEX MCLEISH: “Fair enough.”

VOICE OVER: I think it was more…desperation?

ALEX MCLEISH: “I suggest you start signing cheques this January transfer window.”

FAWAZ AL-HASAWI: “Can we get back to you? The hoarding signs were quite expensive.”

VOICE OVER: But the Al-Hasawi family…

FAWAZ AL-HASAWI: “We have a great working relationship.”

VOICE OVER: And most Aston Villa supporters…


VOICE OVER: … and possibly Notts Forest fans, had they a little more time, didn’t know it.

ALEX MCLEISH: “I am extremely saddened to be leaving after such a short period but even so it has been a privilege to be manager of such a fantastic football club and I want to thank the players, staff and fans for their support and wish Nottingham Forest the best of fortunes ahead.”

UK MEDIA: “So how long was that?”

ALEX MCLEISH: “Forty days.”

UK MEDIA: “Woah, insert Brian Clough joke here.”

VOICE OVER: And that’s the film essentially


The Hassli experiment that was cut short.


Nottingham Forest manager leaves club after 40 days in charge.

Arsenal’s Sagna dismisses PSG rumours.

Phil Jones to miss Champions League match against Madrid due to shingles.

Europol has made no contact with Liverpool over match-fixing revelations.


Klose sidelined for two months.

Italy announce starting XI for Netherlands friendly, includes Balotelli and El Shaarawy.

La Liga

Reina committed to Liverpool despite Barcelona link.

Deportivo fans express discontent during team’s training session, hurl insults at players.


Lewandowski happy to stay at Dortmund but won’t rule out a move in the future.

The 2005 match-fixing scandal that rocked the Bundesliga.

Bit and Bobs

Paul Pogba not upset over France snub.

Portuguese fans chant Messi’s name at Ronaldo upon his arrival in the country.

Thanks to Alima Hotakie for compiling today’s links.

Comments (14)

  1. News flash: Footy Blog (or whatever this is now) editor still bitter that his regional English team still sucks, includes it on first post of day for fifth time in past 2 weeks, this time including a 2nd division team!

    • The Notts Forest story is lead on every single English football broadsheet this morning Dan. But keep grinding this weird ax of yours…

      • Alright, kindly change the name of your blog to ‘English Attack’ and i’ll be content. Or at least include a descriptive text at the top of the page which kindly explains that in between informative pieces pertinent to what’s actually important in international football will be blanket coverage of lower-tier and second-division English clubs.

        • Beyond the fact that the Championship rivals some of the continental leagues in viewership, I think you could count on one hand the number of “lower league” posts I’ve written in the last season. Anyways Dan, you know how the Internet works. There’s a lot of it out there…

          • Conversely, Richard, you also know how the Internet works, and that off all the people who read this blog, your’re bound to get a few who don’t like it on any given day, and the spout off in the comments. Probably best that you both go your separate ways today.

            On the other hand, reading Richard defend the Championship and Dan attack an English language blog in Canada for focusing too much on English Football, are both pretty funny.

          • Fair enough!

      • Nottingham Forrest. Notts County.

        Got it?

    • I love you simply refer to Forrest as a ‘second division team’. Because it’s not like they won back to back European Cups…

      Yes, lets invest more time in the Portuguese league where most teams struggle to get 5,000 people though the gate. Because if no one theres cares about it, we definitely should.

  2. Oh, and if you had bothered reading it, it wasn’t so much “Portuguese fans” chanting Messi’s name, as it was one single man. But way to misrepresent.

  3. holy pursuit of internet points Dan. you can win today. 100million interwebies to you sir.

    blame the original story which effed up.

    whatever man,

    thanks for the links again Richard/Alima

  4. But the real question is: did Forest play dynamic, entertaining football under McLeish? He has a reputation for it after all…

  5. I’ve got no issues with today’s post. Keep up the great work Whittall and Hotakie.

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