Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi has made an impressive start to life at the City Ground.
The Frenchman arrived in Nottingham in June with no managerial experience in this country, but has already guided the Reds on a 10-match unbeaten run which currently sees them sat in the automatic promotion places.
They are still yet to taste defeat since the opening day of the season against West Bromwich Albion. Even on that occasion, they were desperately unlucky to not at least secure a draw.
Despite the start the Reds have made to the season, the 47-year-old’s feet have remained firmly on the ground. He hasn’t forgotten about the last few years at the City Ground and how many managers have struggled before him.
Aitor Karanka had the Reds sat in the play-offs at the beginning of December, before things quickly unravelled. It proved just how quickly things can change in football, especially in this division.
The Reds haven’t had a manager last a full season in charge for nearly 10 years. Evangelos Marinakis has already dismissed Mark Warburton, Aitor Karanka and Martin O’Neill during his time as the club’s owner.
Lamouchi is desperate to try and change that statistic this season. He told Sporting Life: “The last one to do a full season it was close to ten years ago.
“The past is the past, I can live with the past but I need to think about now and just now. We will see. We will see but of course it is not an easy job.
“I am so happy, but I am so lucky. I’m a lucky man. I played football in my first life and now I am a manager.”
Of course, it’s easy to see where Lamouchi is coming from. It would be a remarkable achievement in itself if he was able to last a full season in charge, no matter where the Reds finish in the league table.
The last manager to achieve that feat was Billy Davies when he led the Reds to the play-offs on two separate occasions during his first spell in charge.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see whether Lamouchi can achieve one of his primary objectives.