AFTER declaring their intention to appoint an “iconic” manager, Nottingham Forest have employed Sean O’Driscoll as the Championship club’s new manager.
Names like Sven Goran Eriksson, Harry Redknapp and Mick McCarthy had been favourites for the post, vacant after Steve Cotterill was sacked by the East Midlands side’s new Kuwaiti owners.
The club’s majority shareholder Fawaz Al Hasawi said: “We interviewed many well-known and high profile figures but we truly believe Sean O’Driscoll is the best man for the job.
“Sean’s passion for Nottingham Forest, knowledge of the game and the Championship in particular, plus his work ethic, shone through in our conversations.
“He is hugely respected, not only by members of our current squad and staff at the Club for his work in helping transform our fortunes last season, but also within the wider football community.”
O’Driscoll said: “It was an easy decision to make to return to Nottingham Forest.
“I enjoyed my time working with the players last season, and even in sometimes difficult circumstances the fans gave the kind of support you don’t often see in football today.
“The Al Hawasi family’s ownership opens exciting prospects for this Club and I look forward to rebuilding the squad and playing the kind of attractive football The City Ground deserves to see.”
TALKS with an unnamed “new club manager” by Leicester City have caused the postponement of a trip to LOROS hospice – leading to speculation of an announcement coming soon.
Although no name has been released by the club, a statement of the postponement of the event released by the Leicester charity indicates that the Foxes have identified their man and are negotiating with a replacement for Sven Goran Eriksson, according to the Loughborough Echo.
In a statement, LOROS spokesman said: “Unfortunately Leicester City Football Club have had to postpone todays planned visit to LOROS as the Directors are currently involved in negotiations with the new Club Manager.
“The Club are very sorry for the disappointment this has caused but have committed to visiting LOROS with the First Team Squad, New Manager, Susan Whelan (CEO) and Aiyawatt Top Raksriaksorn (Vice-Chairman) in the near future.”
MONEYBAGS Russians Anzhi Makhachkala are continuing on their quest to sign up all the star players from Football Manager 2006 by raiding the Premier League for midfielders Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
The club, who recently added Samuel Eto’o as the world’s highest-paid player to a roster already featuring Yuri Zhrikov and Roberto Carlos, are ready to hand the pair two-year contracts worth £13m a season each.
You can tell that the Russian side is new to this game – any Tom, Dick or Sven knows that Gerrard and Lampard can’t play together, it’s a well known fact.
RECENTLY retired Red Devil Gary Neville has blasted international football a “waste of time” for England.
Writing off Euro 2012 hopes, Neville said: “It should be fantastic, the best moments of your life. But there is no doubt that too many players spend too much time fearing the consequences of failure when they pull on an England shirt…
“The England situation is changing and improving but we just haven’t produced enough players of the right technical and tactical quality.
“That’s easily proved by the very few times we have held our own against top opponents. Holland in 1996 is pretty much the stand-out match, which tells its own story.
“I don’t go along with the idea that Sven should forever be remembered for blowing a ‘Golden Generation’. Three quarter-finals is a respectable record, and I’m not convinced we ever had the depth to win a major tournament.
“Because we win trophies galore for our clubs, people seem convinced that we should be winning with England. But they overlook how much our clubs have benefited from the foreign stars sprinkled through the Premier League.”
ACCORDING to today’s Sunday papers, Leicester City are looking to bring David Beckham home from the States.
Goldenballs could team up with his former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson in the East Midlands, after the MLS season comes to a close.
The LA Galaxy midfielder has previously used the American close season to keep up fitness levels at AC Milan – and the Foxes’ owners have been pushing Eriksson to put in a cheeky bid for Becks to do the same with them this season.
A source close to the Championship side’s Thai owners said: “This time the Raksriaksorn family are going all out to get Sven to bring Beckham to Leicester. Even they have been overwhelmed at how big Leicester have become here in Asia.
“They are keen to maintain the momentum and, of course, grow the club.
“Sven is in touch with Beckham, the funding is in place and they hope a deal can be done that will suit both parties. It will be good for everyone.”
AS TRANSFER rumours go, this is one to make you go ‘awww’ – word on the grapevine is lumbering target man Emile Heskey will be returning to his roots turning out for Leicester City next season.
Heskey’s game time at Aston Villa has been sporadic this season, with only 23 appearences and six goals for the former England striker in 2010/2011.
And as a result it’s whispered Championship-chasing Leicester City could be in for the striker – who would be reunited not only with his hometown club but a former manager in Foxes boss Sven Goran Eriksson should a deal be struck.
Makes me feel all warm inside. You wouldn’t bet against that one actually happening now, would you?
Why not get in for improbable Derby County target Michael Owen while you’re at it, Sven – that pairing really would be a blast from the past…
CHELSEA have foolishly agreed to let misfiring striker Fernando Torres head out on loan to Championship chasing Leicester City – in order to finally get goals under his belt.
From two games before his Â£50m move from Liverpool in January up until April 1, Torres has failed to find the net for either club or country – and the Foxes, who have been keen to land a big player to appease their owners ongoing lust for a household name, have agreed to take the Spanish international to help him find his form in a lower league.
Sven Goran Eriksson, Leicester City manager, said: “Nando’s first half of the season was good… second, not so good.”