Sabri Lamouchi Sacked as Nottingham Forest Manager
Slow Start to the Season
A short club statement said: “Nottingham Forest can confirm that the contract of head coach Sabri Lamouchi has been terminated with immediate effect.”
Lamouchi has been in control at the City Ground for 15 months, taking over from Martin O’Neill at the start of last season.
Results came quickly under the Frenchman as Forest established themselves early on as a contender for promotion.
Despite missing out on automatic promotion, Sabri looked set to guide them for a place in the play-offs.
But the East Midlands outfit missed out on a place in the top six on the last day of the campaign and have struggled to improve since.
But four defeats from their opening four matches has seen the writing on the wall for a long time.
Next Appointment Crucial For Revival
While it is easy to feel sorry for Sabri Lamouchi, it was clear that something was not working at the City Ground.
The Frenchman is often criticised for his negative style of play and, after such a poor run at the start of the season, it was eventually inevitable that he would face the sack.
It is imperative now that Forest make a wise appointment as Lamouchi’s successor.
Owner Evangelos Marinakis, who also owns Greek champions Olympiacos, will likely have potential options at his disposal.
But it is vital that whoever is appointed is able to work with the players – and system – currently at the City Ground, otherwise it will be another rebuilding job in January.