Howe shocked by O'Driscoll sacking

EDDIE Howe has expressed his surprise and disappointment at Sean O’Driscoll’s shock sacking as manager of Nottingham Forest.

Former Cherries boss O’Driscoll was axed by the Championship outfit just hours after masterminding a 4-2 win over Leeds United on Boxing Day.

The news was widely met with dismay – not least because the ex-Cherries midfielder had guided the club to within one point of the play-off zone.

Cherries manager Howe, who played for O’Driscoll at Dean Court, described him as a “very good person and a very good football manager”.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “I was as surprised as anybody when hearing the news.

“Anyone who has worked with Sean will tell you he is a very good manager, very detailed in his work.

“Having worked with Sean for as long as I have and as closely as I have, I am very surprised and very disappointed for him because I know that whatever job he does, he puts in his heart and soul, so I know he will be very disappointed.”

Ex-Doncaster boss O’Driscoll, 55, had only been in charge at the City Ground since July.

Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi said: “He can count himself unlucky to have lost his job with the team just one point away from the top six.”

Al Hasawi added: “We feel we have developed a really strong squad of players but are still searching for consistency in terms of team performance, underlined by the fact that we have not won more than two games in succession in the Championship this season.”

Comments (14)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:08pm Thu 27 Dec 12

YafcbY says...

Forest had the perfect manager at Championship level. Shocking decision. However this begins to beg the question, due to the frequency of managers being hired and fired, is the position of any importance anymore? Chelsea always seem to get by, more so due to the quality coaching staff they have in place.

SOD will get another chance and will be successful. As for Forest I do fear for them, last time they hired a Premier League manager was Steve McClaren, hardly worked out.
Forest had the perfect manager at Championship level. Shocking decision. However this begins to beg the question, due to the frequency of managers being hired and fired, is the position of any importance anymore? Chelsea always seem to get by, more so due to the quality coaching staff they have in place. SOD will get another chance and will be successful. As for Forest I do fear for them, last time they hired a Premier League manager was Steve McClaren, hardly worked out. YafcbY

8:30pm Thu 27 Dec 12

r&bman says...

Bournemouth legend 4-2 win over the hated LEEDS what on earth are they thinking.
Bournemouth legend 4-2 win over the hated LEEDS what on earth are they thinking. r&bman

8:38pm Thu 27 Dec 12

ifordcherry says...

I`m afraid this is real life...When people are being paid the vast sums that they are getting nowadays and that includes both players and managers,then they are nothing more than tools to the people behind the money..If the "sugardaddies" decide they want a change then that is what happens....Also i think that the sympathy vote should look at the way he jumped ship to actually get the job!!
Seems what goes round comes round !!
I`m afraid this is real life...When people are being paid the vast sums that they are getting nowadays and that includes both players and managers,then they are nothing more than tools to the people behind the money..If the "sugardaddies" decide they want a change then that is what happens....Also i think that the sympathy vote should look at the way he jumped ship to actually get the job!! Seems what goes round comes round !! ifordcherry

8:42pm Thu 27 Dec 12

ifordcherry says...

I actually think that the bloke is a decent manager but apart from the very rare case (Steve Fletcher for example) loyalty is not a word to throw around lightly in modern day football..
I actually think that the bloke is a decent manager but apart from the very rare case (Steve Fletcher for example) loyalty is not a word to throw around lightly in modern day football.. ifordcherry

9:26pm Thu 27 Dec 12

paulhanlon says...

ifordcherry wrote:
I actually think that the bloke is a decent manager but apart from the very rare case (Steve Fletcher for example) loyalty is not a word to throw around lightly in modern day football..
And how long was SoD at dean court? Think he does understand loyalty. Though maybe Crawley may disagree!
[quote][p][bold]ifordcherry[/bold] wrote: I actually think that the bloke is a decent manager but apart from the very rare case (Steve Fletcher for example) loyalty is not a word to throw around lightly in modern day football..[/p][/quote]And how long was SoD at dean court? Think he does understand loyalty. Though maybe Crawley may disagree! paulhanlon

10:49pm Thu 27 Dec 12

ifordcherry says...

I also disagree...Soon as a offer of more money came in he was off like a shot at Bournemouth(and another of these "take half the team with me" ex managers)...Give it a rest mate its money and its as simple as that !!...
I also disagree...Soon as a offer of more money came in he was off like a shot at Bournemouth(and another of these "take half the team with me" ex managers)...Give it a rest mate its money and its as simple as that !!... ifordcherry

11:15pm Thu 27 Dec 12

cherrypicker says...

Disappointed and dismayed by the decision from the forest bord they get themselves a great manager in July and then by the end of December they sack him. It would be entirely understandable if he had performed poorly, which his has not. And then to say that consistency is the issue after three months in charge, during which you get within 1 point of the playoffs, is ludicrous. What he has achieved within the time he has achieved great things, especially given the number of players brought in. Off the top of my head, other than west ham, I can't think of a team that have been promoted with new manager from the beginning of the season let alone half way through. And to hire Alex Mcliesh shows that the core
Disappointed and dismayed by the decision from the forest bord they get themselves a great manager in July and then by the end of December they sack him. It would be entirely understandable if he had performed poorly, which his has not. And then to say that consistency is the issue after three months in charge, during which you get within 1 point of the playoffs, is ludicrous. What he has achieved within the time he has achieved great things, especially given the number of players brought in. Off the top of my head, other than west ham, I can't think of a team that have been promoted with new manager from the beginning of the season let alone half way through. And to hire Alex Mcliesh shows that the core cherrypicker

11:19pm Thu 27 Dec 12

cherrypicker says...

Grr echo website is bad enough on a computer let alone a mobile... Anyway I was saying that the owners are clearly disconnected enough from football to believe that they're new manager can get them promoted and then keep them up, just ask anyone in the midlands how Alex McLiesh worked out for them.
Grr echo website is bad enough on a computer let alone a mobile... Anyway I was saying that the owners are clearly disconnected enough from football to believe that they're new manager can get them promoted and then keep them up, just ask anyone in the midlands how Alex McLiesh worked out for them. cherrypicker

8:59am Fri 28 Dec 12

eaststandman says...

Quick, quick....we're 1 point from the play offs.....

Sack Eddie before its too late and we're in the top 6.

What are Forest on ? They'll end up mid-table now, at the very best.
Quick, quick....we're 1 point from the play offs..... Sack Eddie before its too late and we're in the top 6. What are Forest on ? They'll end up mid-table now, at the very best. eaststandman

10:01am Fri 28 Dec 12

Luffbracherry says...

McLeish has 22 games to win promotion - there is no alternative for the new Kuwaiti owners
SOD had a more realistic plan which was slowly coming together - but obviously not fast enough

If struggling Wolves sack their manager I could see SOD going home to Wolverhampton
McLeish has 22 games to win promotion - there is no alternative for the new Kuwaiti owners SOD had a more realistic plan which was slowly coming together - but obviously not fast enough If struggling Wolves sack their manager I could see SOD going home to Wolverhampton Luffbracherry

10:13am Fri 28 Dec 12

Local fan says...

An excess of money is ruining the game, there is less loyalty from owners and it permeates through to the players. Clubs will do anything to get into the Premier League. Its not "sport" - its "greed".
An excess of money is ruining the game, there is less loyalty from owners and it permeates through to the players. Clubs will do anything to get into the Premier League. Its not "sport" - its "greed". Local fan

10:14am Fri 28 Dec 12

Square Old Codger says...

An appalling decision, to change entirely the business plan Shaun was given, ie to develop the Club over a three year period to enable it to then seek promotion to the Premier League and he was certainly ahead of the game on that, just a point off a play off position. To sack him to bring in a failed ex Premiership Manager in McLeish - just how long will he last. Chelsea get by by the money they spend on quality players, but they don't have the consistancy of Man United - who support their Manager on a long term basis.
An appalling decision, to change entirely the business plan Shaun was given, ie to develop the Club over a three year period to enable it to then seek promotion to the Premier League and he was certainly ahead of the game on that, just a point off a play off position. To sack him to bring in a failed ex Premiership Manager in McLeish - just how long will he last. Chelsea get by by the money they spend on quality players, but they don't have the consistancy of Man United - who support their Manager on a long term basis. Square Old Codger

12:35pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Luffbracherry says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
An appalling decision, to change entirely the business plan Shaun was given, ie to develop the Club over a three year period to enable it to then seek promotion to the Premier League and he was certainly ahead of the game on that, just a point off a play off position. To sack him to bring in a failed ex Premiership Manager in McLeish - just how long will he last. Chelsea get by by the money they spend on quality players, but they don't have the consistancy of Man United - who support their Manager on a long term basis.
McLeish has to achieve promotion..there is no plan B so assume he would be sacked if this is does not happen
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: An appalling decision, to change entirely the business plan Shaun was given, ie to develop the Club over a three year period to enable it to then seek promotion to the Premier League and he was certainly ahead of the game on that, just a point off a play off position. To sack him to bring in a failed ex Premiership Manager in McLeish - just how long will he last. Chelsea get by by the money they spend on quality players, but they don't have the consistancy of Man United - who support their Manager on a long term basis.[/p][/quote]McLeish has to achieve promotion..there is no plan B so assume he would be sacked if this is does not happen Luffbracherry

4:51pm Fri 28 Dec 12

O'Reilly says...

cherrypicker wrote:
Grr echo website is bad enough on a computer let alone a mobile... Anyway I was saying that the owners are clearly disconnected enough from football to believe that they're new manager can get them promoted and then keep them up, just ask anyone in the midlands how Alex McLiesh worked out for them.
Won the Blues a trophy and nearly wrecked Villa. A god to one set of supporters in Brum.....
[quote][p][bold]cherrypicker[/bold] wrote: Grr echo website is bad enough on a computer let alone a mobile... Anyway I was saying that the owners are clearly disconnected enough from football to believe that they're new manager can get them promoted and then keep them up, just ask anyone in the midlands how Alex McLiesh worked out for them.[/p][/quote]Won the Blues a trophy and nearly wrecked Villa. A god to one set of supporters in Brum..... O'Reilly

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree