Nottingham Forest are set to stick with Sabri Lamouchi next season despite the Frenchman failing to get the Reds into the play-offs during 2019/20.
Forest dropped out of the top six in heartbreaking fashion, losing 4-1 to Stoke City on the last day of the season.
That naturally saw some people fear the worst as far as Lamouchi was concerned, but Paul Taylor from The Athletic has confirmed the club will stand by their man.
It will be interesting to see whether Lamouchi has learnt from his first campaign in English football and whether he can help the team quickly forget last season’s catastrophe.
Here at Nottingham Forest News, we looked at a four-point blueprint that can get the Reds challenging at the right end of the table next season.
Forest’s recruitment in January badly let down Lamouchi and an inquest must take place over that situation.
The club has gone down the avenue of exploring the European market and it didn’t prove a bad strategy in the summer.
Yuri Ribeiro, Samba Sow, Brice Samba and Tiago Silva all made an impact during the campaign.
The same can’t be said about the mid-season recruits, however. Nuno Da Costa, to be fair, may still come good and showed flashes of what he was capable of after the restart.
Gaetan Bong and Adama Diakhaby failed to have any impact whatsoever and questions will be asked of the people who sanctioned such deals.
Forest have been linked with Lyle Taylor, Jack Colback and Oxford defender Rob Dickie this summer.
Proven Championship players will go a long way to restoring some of the lost faith among supporters and quite simply the recruitment process must be tweaked.
Mark Warburton famously said that Plan B was to do Plan A better and in hindsight, Lamouchi has suffered from a similar issue.
When the Frenchman first arrived on Trentside he recognised that Forest had become a soft touch and quickly made his team tougher to beat.
Lamouchi suffered defeat on the first day of the 2019/20 campaign but then oversaw an unbeaten run which lasted until October.
After the restart, though he opted to utilise three defensive midfielders in the majority of games. This lead to several goals being conceded in stoppage time and the team looking void of ideas going forward.
With Lamouchi now set to stay at the club, he needs to let the shackles off somewhat and let his team dictate the tempo of games.
Forest have some solid attacking options and he needs to find another plan of attack when his side trail in games.
Fortress City Ground
Judged purely on home games, Forest were 13th with 10 wins, five draws and eight defeats from their 23 Championship games.
Perhaps more interestingly the Reds managed just 27 goals at home and only Sheffield Wednesday with 19 scored fewer.
Playing at the City Ground has proved tricky for Forest under Lamouchi and particularly during the first half of the campaign, supporters were often critical of the counter-attacking style.
Lamouchi must iron out the poor performances at home and a more positive approach in front of a home crowd might help the Reds win more games on home soil.
Build around quality
Despite the season ending in disappointment, there were some very pleasing aspects of the 2019/20 campaign.
Matty Cash, Joe Worrall and Lewis Grabban were all in fine form, whilst Ben Watson was reborn in the middle of the park.
Watson may leave; his contract is up and a return to London seems to favour the former Crystal Palace performer.
If Forest hold any hope of challenging for the play-offs again next season they must try their best to keep hold of their star men.
If they can resist the temptation to part with Cash, Worrall or Grabban then Forest could give themselves every chance again next season.
Cash was subject of £12 million interest from West Ham in January but the Reds must try and resist a sale the best they can.