Rams boss defends O’Driscoll

Derby boss Nigel Clough feels former Nottingham Forest manager

Sean O’Driscoll was harshly treated by the club.

O’Driscoll, who was appointed manager of the Rams’ npower

Championship rivals Bristol City this week, was surprisingly sacked

by Forest on Boxing Day following a 4-2 home win over Leeds which

left the Reds a point shy of the play-off places.

The ex-Forest coach had only been in charge since July after

being brought back to the City Ground by the Al Hasawi family

following their takeover of the club.

Ahead of the east midlands derby at Pride Park on Saturday,

Clough said: “I sat with Sean O’Driscoll at Birmingham on Tuesday

night. He said he was disappointed about what happened at

Forest.

“I don’t really like to comment on other clubs, but from a

personal point of view what happened to Sean was harsh. But he’s

got another chance now at Bristol City and that’s great for

him.”

Former Forest striker Clough added: “Unfortunately at many clubs

there seems to be this instant demand for success, but football

doesn’t work out like that.”