Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By IAN BAKER

ALEX McLEISH walked out on Not­ting­ham For­est yes­ter­day – af­ter just 40 days in charge.

The ex-As­ton Villa and Birm­ing­ham boss left the City Ground by mu­tual con­sent af­ter a se­ries of dis­agree­ments with the club’s own­ers.

“I am ex­tremely sad­dened to be leav­ing af­ter such a short pe­riod,” said McLeish.

“But even so it has been a priv­i­lege to be man­ager of such a fan­tas­tic foot­ball club.

“There was a dif­fer­ence in the un­der­stand­ing of the devel­op­ment strat­egy of the foot­ball club.”

McLeish (above) came close to quit­ting last Thurs­day night af­ter chair­man Fawaz Al Ha­sawi pulled the plug on a move to sign Ge­orge Boyd when he failed an eye test.

Al Ha­sawi said: “I’m bit­terly dis­ap­pointed – as is Alex – that it has not worked out.”

McLeish won just one of his seven games in charge and his side were knocked out of the FA Cup by Old­ham.

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