If the noises Steve McClaren made before the end of the transfer window weren’t alarm bells enough, the newspaper reports on Friday morning were Code Red.

And then, almost as soon as it had happened, it was all over. But not without Nottingham Forest’s dirty laundry being hung out in public. Again.

Given that the ‘McClaren on the verge of quitting’ stories were published across all the national newspapers — and written by many of Fleet Street’s finest — there seemed more to this than mischief-making or a slow news day. Journalists were very obviously, and purposefully, briefed with McClaren’s consent.

Having demanded three players by the close of the transfer window following the 4-1 home defeat to West Ham, and asserting “over the next few days, we will see the ambition of this club”, McClaren had made his feelings very clear after just 11 weeks in the job…

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