Sabri Lamouchi is the latest to attract comment from one Kenneth Burns, with it suggested that Nottingham Forest should delay the awarding of a new contract.

For a European Cup hero, it is still too early to discuss fresh terms.

Despite the man calling the shots at the City Ground only being tied to a deal until the summer of 2020.

Having had their fingers burned in the past, the Reds erred on the side of caution in their most recent appointment.

Lamouchi was given only 12 months to make his mark.

He has required considerably less.

Through three of those handed to him, the Frenchman has done enough to get many on board.

Doubters are now believers, with dreams resurfacing on Trentside.

Forest are being discussed as promotion candidates once more, with those in the dugout earning plenty of praise from outside NG2.


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Should such success not be recognised?

Not yet, says Burns, with the Scot telling the Nottingham Post: “There’s no need to rush into giving him a longer-term deal. After all, we’re only in November and while we’ve had a great start, little has been achieved yet in the context of getting promotion.

“I’d be surprised if other clubs weren’t keeping an eye on things at Forest, both on and off the pitch.

“Lamouchi may or may not be enjoying admiring glances, however, the club he’s at is a big one and has huge aspirations, too.

“Giving Lamouchi a two or three-year deal now would achieve little, it wouldn’t change how he works on a day-to-day basis, nor would you get an uplift in performances I don’t believe.

“All that would do is create problems further down the line if you wanted to make a change, and make no mistake about it, if he doesn’t achieve the goal this term, all likelihood is that he’ll be out of a job in any case.

“As it stands, there wouldn’t be a huge pay-off to him, compared to being on a longer-term deal, so from that point of view, it makes sense and it also protects the club.”



To hand Lamouchi a long-term contract at this stage would make little sense.

Given recent history at the City Ground, two years – never mind four or five – feels like forever.

There has to be an argument, though, for offering a show of faith.

Having trusted Lamouchi to do the job, and seen him fare admirably in it, why would you not reward him?

And if no indication is offered that he will granted some kind of job security, then what is to stop the 48-year-old from having his head turned?

If now, in the midst of plenty of positivity, is not the time to take action, then when is?

Forest have been crying out for stability in the dugout for longer than many of us care to remember.

An opportunity to establish that may have presented itself.

The Reds took a calculated risk in handing Lamouchi the reins and should be willing to take another in keeping him on beyond the end of the current campaign, regardless of the division the club finds itself in.

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