Nottingham Forest have decided that Martin O’Neill is no longer the man for them.

After just five months and 19 games at the helm, a club icon has been shoved through the exits.

Within a matter of minutes of that call being made public, a new coach was at the helm.

The Reds certainly cannot be accused of wasting time.

Searches for new bosses can sometimes drag on.

Not this one!

Sabri Lamouchi has picked up the reins on Trentside.

Untested in England but with a notable CV from his playing days.

And with positives to be taken from stints in charge of the Ivory Coast national side and Ligue 1 outfit Rennes.

Is that enough?


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We are about to find out.

Forest have moved swiftly and decisively.

Pre-season is only a matter of days old and the axe has already fallen on O’Neill.

Lamouchi will have no excuses when it comes to preparation.

The targets laid out for his predecessors remain exactly the same.

Top six or bust.

Forest have, in an appointment announcement on the club’s official website, not stipulated the length of Lamouchi’s contract.

Read into that what you will.

Does it really matter in a world where O’Neill can be ousted after 164 days and the club have rattled through more managers than they have had hot dinners in recent times?

Probably not.

It is, however, imperative that they have found the right character.

With the right philosophy.

Aitor Karanka and O’Neill frustrated many with an apparent reluctance to take chances.


Forest were set up to contain under the last two men at the helm.

Karanka was eager to see more of the ball, but there was no ‘heavy metal football’ in the Jurgen Klopp mould.

More a rather drawn out opera that threatens to send you to sleep.

Lamouchi needs to up the tempo.

Passion is required at the City Ground, and another look to the continent may well provide that.

For too long now, the Reds have been fumbling around in the dark.

Fans need something to cling to.

A new love story is required on Trentside.

With a suitable soundtrack.

Preferably one that ends up with a rowdy ‘we are going up’ party come May 2020.

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