With another transfer window closed, Nottingham Forest can turn their attention back to the issue of Sabri Lamouchi’s contract.

The Frenchman’s current deal is due to expire this summer.

Given his lack of experience in English football, little risk was taken in 2019 when appointing a new boss.

Lamouchi was asked to prove himself across 12 months.

He has done that in half the time.

Any questions asked of another journey into the unknown have, for the most part, been silenced in style.

Forest are knocking on a promotion door once more.

There is still some way to go before we discover whether anybody in the top tier is home.

Lamouchi, though, has delivered on his remit and then some.

Which surely puts him in contention for fresh terms doesn’t it?


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We don’t want to be setting a managerial merry-go-round which has been spinning out of control for some time back in motion.

The man himself has stated that he is adopting a long-term mindset.

“I am working as if I am going to be here for the next 10 years as manager,” Lamouchi has told The Athletic.

“I know that is unlikely to be the case, unfortunately because I feel at home here. It is not difficult for me.

“The priority is to focus the players on what is happening now. We do not have time to lose football matches, so the priority is just to do your job.”

Lamouchi expects to be in a dugout for 2020-21, but is unable to say with any certainty whether it is the City Ground touchline that he will be patrolling.

“I will be a manager next season, for sure,” he added when quizzed on his Forest future.

“I do not know. I do not make that decision. I will be a manager. Not just for next season – I will be a football manager for the next 15 or 20 years because this is my love and my passion.”

Such passion should be tied down.

Given the struggles endured by many of his predecessors, Lamouchi has been a breath of fresh air.



There are still issues to be ironed out, but that applies to the vast majority of clubs.

Outside of Anfield, how many teams can claim to be entirely happy with their lot?

To run the risk of losing Lamouchi would be a mistake.

There was talk earlier in the campaign of admiring glances being shot in his direction.

They were ignored, much to the relief of those on Trentside.

It will, however, take a show of faith from the Reds to prevent heads from being turned.

Decisions need to be made which take results and league standings out of the equation.

Even if Forest were to miss out on a play-off spot this season, hope and optimism has returned.

Lamouchi may have been handed an initial one-year project, and delivered immediately, but he should be given the chance to build beyond that.

If he hasn’t done enough to earn fresh terms at this stage, then he probably never will!

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