Steve Cotterill says he should have been given the chance to prove himself as Nottingham Forest manager under the club's new owners.
The Al-Hasawi family assumed control of the npower Championship club on Tuesday - and just 48 hours later they sacked Cotterill who had been in charge for 9 months.
In a statement via the League Managers' Association he said:"I am deeply disappointed that I will no longer have the opportunity to manage Nottingham Forest Football Club and lead the team into this new era.
"I fully appreciate that in football a change of ownership can unfortunately lead to a change of manager. Despite this, I believed the team's performances last season were good enough for me to be given a chance with the new regime and continue to build again for the new season.
""Nevertheless, I wish the club every success for the future. I would also like to thank my staff, players and the supporters. I enjoyed a fantastic relationship with every one of them during my time in charge.
"The matter of my dismissal is now in the hands of the LMA and I will therefore be making no further comment at this stage.
Cotterill's assistant Rob Kelly is in temporary charge of the first team while Glenn Hoddle is one of the favourites to take over along with former Forest star Roy Keane.
Former Forest player Gary Birtles has been discussing who he thinks might take over at the City Ground, after the announcement this morning that Steve Cotterill has left the club.
Forest fans speaking outside the City Ground this morning say they want some 'magic' from the new owners the Al-Hasawi family, and a Premiership manager to be appointed.
Nottingham Forest can confirm that manager Steve Cotterill has departed the club with immediate effect. http://t.co/xqsGl4R8
The club have announced this morning that Steve Cotterill is leaving as manager of Nottingham Forest with 'immediate effect'.
He took charge at the City Ground last October.