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SBD Global/December 28, 2012/International Football
Blackburn Sacks Berg After 57 Days; Nottingham Forest Says Goodbye To O'Driscoll
Published December 28, 2012
NOTTINGHAM SACKS O'DRISCOLL: The PA reported that League Championship club Nottingham Forest has sacked Manager Sean O'Driscoll after a 4-2 home win over Leeds United left them one point adrift of the playoff places. Owners Fawaz and Abdulaziz al-Hasawi said they made the decision because they want a manager with "Premier League experience." The decision to relieve the 55-year-old of his duties comes only five months after he replaced the sacked Steve Cottrell, who the owners "did not want after they completed their buy-out at the end of last season" (PA, 12/26).
SETTING EXPECTATIONS: EUROSPORT's Jan Molby opined the sackings of Berg and O'Driscoll "show the pitfalls of foreign ownership in the Championship." Both managers were axed after a few months "without having a chance to make an impact." It is a "case of unrealistic expectations from foreign owners who expect their teams to breeze to promotion." That "certainly seems to be the case" with Venky's and the al-Hasawi family (EUROSPORT, 12/27).