Sabri Lamouchi is going nowhere.

Well, at least not to Watford!

The man himself has declared as much, with talk of a City Ground exit delivering the rather blunt response that we were all hoping for.

French publication L’Equipe had claimed that the Frenchman was wanted at Vicarage Road.

They even went as far as suggesting that two approaches had been knocked back.

Any truth to those claims monsieur Lamouchi?

“Nobody called me, nobody has talked with me,” the Reds boss has said in the Nottingham Post.

“I am the manager at Nottingham Forest. I am very happy here with my players, with my staff, with the people at the club, with the fans and with the city.”

And breathe.

No question asked, no Premier League carrot dangled and no sudden exit.



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We can all get back to the love-fest which has followed Lamouchi around since he arrived on Trentside.

Until the next round of gossip materialises.

Which it inevitably will.

Forest’s return to prominence in the Championship has attracted plenty of interest.

Most of it welcome, some not so much.

Admiring glances are to be expected, but the Reds want to ensure that a no-touching policy is enforced.

Look with your eyes!

There has been no suggestion that Lamouchi is considering hopping into another bed, be that at Watford, Wolves or any club that doesn’t begin with ‘W’.

He added in the Post of the speculation which has been doing the rounds: “No way it distracts me.

“I have just been here five months. It is very good for me, it is very good for the club.

“But I am happy here. I don’t want to comment on any rumours.”



Unfortunately, he has to.

That is all part of the football package – especially in England.

Gossip, regardless of how absurd it may be, is lapped up and helps to give us all something to talk about over a pre/post/in-game pint.

Talk of top-flight interest will have concerned some.

Similar rumours have raged around Joe Worrall and Matty Cash of late, but there has been no movement there.

The latter has even committed to a new deal and stated his undying love for the club.

Lamouchi has now come out and stated his happiness.

Not love, admittedly, but still a declaration of fondness.

It would come as no surprise to discover over the coming weeks that the same discussions held with Cash have been sought with the man in the dugout.

A contract extension beyond the summer of 2020 has already been mooted.

Fresh terms would help to fend off any unwanted advances.

Hornets have been seen off, if they were ever buzzing around in the first place, and the challenge now is to scare off any vultures that are planning on taking to the skies over Nottingham any time soon.

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