Chris Sutton has taken aim at Nottingham Forest and the current squad of players with a comprehensive rant about the treatment of former manager Martin O’Neill. 

The Reds were defeated in their opening game of the Championship season at the weekend. Sabri Lamouchi’s men were beaten 2-1 by fellow promotion hopefuls West Bromwich Albion at the City Ground.

Lamouchi’s side now face a daunting trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United this weekend. The Whites were one of the standout performers on opening weekend as they comfortably beat Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

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The Reds finished ninth last season, but there was an underlying sense of disappointment that they weren’t able to make the play-offs. Aitor Karanka’s departure led to Martin O’Neill coming in as his replacement at the start of the year.

However, the Northern Irishman was sacked this summer after only managing to win eight of his 19 games in charge.

But BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has slammed Nottingham Forest’s current squad of players after suggestions that they may have engineered O’Neill’s sacking.

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He told BBC 606 following last weekend’s game: “You know what, the sacking of Martin O’Neill was a disgrace really.

“There were rumours that the players had a part in his sacking. If that’s true, what has the game come to?

“I’ve never understood players who talk to the chairman and go behind the manager’s back.”

The Nottingham-born pundit had a spell under the management of O’Neill during his time at Celtic.

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There’s no doubt that there was widespread discontent around the City Ground in relation to the Northern Irishman. Even though the Reds won their last three games of the season, a large majority of supporters still weren’t satisfied.

Since then, Lamouchi has restored belief that the Reds could push for promotion this season.

Evangelos Marinakis took it upon himself to make the change, and his decision will be judged based on how the Reds perform under the Frenchman this season.

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