Nottingham Forest are looking to embrace a brave new world under Sabri Lamouchi, with the hope being that a long-term option in the dugout has been found.

There have not been too many candidates to fit that mould in recent times.

Billy Davies, back in 2010-11, remains the last man to spend an entire campaign at the Reds helm.

The fact that we are almost a decade on from that season highlights how much change has been made.

And how frequently!

A revolving door policy has been favoured.

Which goes some way towards explaining why it is 20 years since Forest last graced the top tier.

Davies came as close as anybody to finding a way back to the big time.

The instability since has delivered the kind of inconsistency that you would expect.

Martin O’Neill is the latest to have seen an end date added to his entry on the list of former City Ground bosses.

He came in January, saw just 19 games, conquered little and left in June.


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Lamouchi was filling his shoes within a matter of minutes of another departure being announced.

The Frenchman arrived on Trentside with no previous experience of English football of which to speak.

He was, however, a talented player in his day and boasts notable entries on his coaching CV.

Those at his disposal were quick to talk up his methods.

Discussion over the summer was of Forest looking to favour a different approach.

Said philosophy remains a work in progress, with there still flaws to iron out.

The Reds are, however, heading in the right direction, with quiet optimism bubbling away.

Aitor Karanka was considered to have placed too much emphasis on ball retention – passing for passing’s sake.

O’Neill took things too far the other way, with Forest forced firmly onto the back foot.

Lamouchi is hoping to strike some sort of happy middle ground.



Michael Dawson has been speaking again of the new mindset, saying in the Nottingham Post of his boss: “He’ll always work hard in training.

“He was like that from the day he walked through the door – getting on the pitch, showing what he wants, patterns of play, possession.

“You can see we’ve got a different way of playing to what we did last year.

“Everyone’s got to be comfortable in possession and be able to keep it. If you do that, you’ll make the other team run a lot more.”

Embracing ball players, rather than ball winners, is a welcome change of pace.

If Forest can get the likes of Joe Lolley, Joao Carvalho, Tiago Silva, Albert Adomah, Sammy Ameobi and Lewis Grabban firing, then anything is possible.

Such talent was utilised by past regimes, but maybe not to its best.

Making them integral should, quite literally, be the way forward.

Even incorporating the likes of Dawson and Joe Worrall into the heart of the side is a nod to a new way of doing things, with Forest looking to play out from the back when possible.

There is still much work to be done.

It has, however, been another case of out with the old and in with the new, with the promise there for a fresh approach to deliver both stability and a long-awaited push back towards the Premier League.

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