McLeish surprised at Forest call

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Alex McLeish admits his appointment as Nottingham Forest boss was a whirlwind but also a welcome surprise.

Sean O'Driscoll, only in the job five months, was given the boot by Forest's Kuwaiti owners on Wednesday night, just hours after their 4-2 Boxing Day victory over Leeds had left them eighth in the npower Championship - just one point off the play-off places.

McLeish was duly appointed on Thursday night and unveiled to the media on Friday afternoon. And the Scot said: "It is a terrific opportunity to come to a club of Nottingham Forest's magnitude. It has been a whirlwind and a surprise but a very welcome surprise."

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