Alex McLeish has emerged as the clear favourite to succeed Sean O'Driscoll at Nottingham Forest.
Forest's Kuwaiti owners relieved manager O'Driscoll of his duties just hours after a 4-2 victory over Leeds left the club a point off the top six.
And as McLeish was cut to long odds-on in Sky Bet's Transfer Specials to be the next boss, Forest defender Danny Collins told Sky Sports News of his dismay at the decision.
He said: "We're obviously surprised, especially after the result we had to find ourselves a point outside the play-offs.
"To hear the news that the gaffer had gone was obviously a surprise, and we're shocked and disappointed at the same time.
"He popped in to training to clear his stuff and speak to the boys and wish us well for the season - hopefully we'll carry on the work he's brought to the place and get ourselves into the play-offs."
McLeish's appointment increasingly appears a formality and the Scot - out of work since leaving Aston villa in the summer - has a promotion to the Premier League with Birmingham on his CV.
Collins said: "I've not worked with him before, but he had a good record at Birmingham and I'm looking forward to working with him."
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