You will not hear many arguments against claims that Sabri Lamouchi is the best manager Nottingham Forest have found in quite some time.

Is the Frenchman without fault? No.

Is he doing a fine job of covering any weaknesses at present? Damn right he is!

And that has been the downfall of many before him.

Plenty have offered promise, but few have delivered.

There can be no questioning the man currently calling the shots on that score.

Lamouchi has been a breath of fresh air.

He set high standards for himself during his playing days and is now demanding the same from those working under him.

There are no rose-tinted spectacles as far as the Frenchman is concerned.

With Forest riding high in the Championship, he has every right to come out after every game and talk up both himself and his players.

He hasn’t.


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If he considers performances to have been below par, then he will say so.

Regardless of the end result.

He is fully aware of the size of the challenge he has taken on and what will be required in order to complete the job.

There is a desire to make the Reds even better.

Lamouchi is, however, on a steep learning curve and progress to this point has already surpassed expectations.

Which is where the real excitement should lie.

Joint-top after 11 games and with the promise of more to come if things really start to click.

Aitor Karanka generated a similar standard of results 12 months ago, but failed to convince everyone that he had the key to a Premier League door.

Prior to him, you have to go back some way to find another coach that fit the mould.

Lamouchi is threatening to be the best for quite some time.



Matty Cash is happy to give the 47-year-old that billing, and a City Ground academy graduate has worked under a few bosses in his short career to date.

The 22-year-old has told the Nottingham Post of his manager: “He’s really intense. It’s all about quality. You have to have standards to play under him.

“In training you have to do your jobs. You don’t just train and then sit off. It’s intense and that’s good because them you’re ready for the Saturday.

“He’s been fantastic so far. He’s best coach I’ve worked under here. He’s brilliant.

“I didn’t know much about him, but it’s paying off and we’re winning games of football. Everyone is happy. We know our jobs and responsibilities.”

Cash has previously worked under four permanent bosses and a couple of interim ones.

Having made his debut in the 2016-17 campaign, the right-winger-turned-full-back has seen Philippe Montanier, Gary Brazil, Mark Warburton, Aitor Karanka, Simon Ireland, Martin O’Neill and Sabri Lamouchi take the reins.

He considers the latter to be the pick of the bunch.

Which all bodes very well.

Being in the top one is what it’s all about on Trentside, as a rather familiar face to have filled the dugout in the past would have happily told you!

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