Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi has made an exceptional start to life at the City Ground since replacing Martin O’Neill as manager in the summer.

Former Burton Albion, Birmingham City, Stoke City and most notably Derby County manager Gary Rowett believes that the 47-year-old deserves a lot of credit for the club’s recent run of form. Rowett was a pundit on EFL on Quest at the weekend.

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The Reds made a promising start to the season under the management of Aitor Karanka this time last year. However, things quickly unravelled when he departed the club and was replaced by O’Neill.

Lamouchi made a number of changes to the squad during this summer’s transfer window. It’s fair to say that the Reds now have a far superior squad to what they had last season.

The Reds picked up another important three points at the weekend. They managed to defeat struggling Brentford 1-0 at the City Ground. The Reds could’ve found themselves behind just before half-time, but were still able to grind out the win.


There’s no doubt that this is the best chance the Reds have had of challenging for promotion to the Premier League for a long time. There aren’t any standout teams in the Championship this season. It’s all to play for and there will be numerous sides who fancy their chances.

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Lamouchi’s start to life on Trentside has even sparked some concern among the fanbase that he could be picked up by a Premier League club.

Speaking about the Reds on EFL on Quest, Rowett said: “He (Lamouchi) has brought a really steely edge to them and he’s done that everywhere he’s been.

“He’s got a fantastic record and they look very organised.

“Dawson and Worrall at the back are a key element for them and Forest look a lot more defensively solid.”

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Rowett’s positive comments on the Reds may come as a surprise to some of the club’s supporters. The 45-year-old always came under a significant amount of stick whenever he faced Forest as Derby County manager.

In truth, it’s difficult for any pundit to find any negative to say about Lamouchi’s men at the moment.

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