Former Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi has missed out on a Club World Championship clash against Bayern Munich.
His current team, Al Duhail, were beaten 1-0 by Al-Ahly last night, with Hussein El Shahat scoring the decisive goal.
Lamouchi took charge of Al-Duhail in October shortly after being sacked as the Forest boss.
He has overseen 18 games in charge of the Qatar-based outfit. The ex-City Ground incumbent has won 10, drawn one and lost seven of his games so far.
Lamouchi left Forest on the back of seven defeats on the trot, stretching back to the final two games of last season.
The Reds needed a point from games against Barnsley and Stoke to guarantee themselves a play-off place.
Forest lost both games and proceeded to endure a hangover when the 2020/21 campaign started, losing the opening four games of the season.
That was enough to signal the end of Lamouchi – but he wasn’t out of work for long.
The chance to go up against Bayern Munich and test himself against Hans Flick would have been one to excite Lamouchi.
Instead he has to prepare his team for the Fifth Place match against Ulsan from South Korea.
Bayern Munich are firm favourites for the competition and qualified having won 11 out of 11 matches in last season’s Champions League.
Does Lamouchi struggle with big games?
That would perhaps seem a harsh sentiment.
He did oversee some sizeable victories as he led Forest to their best Championship finish for many years.
Lamouchi does have to take a portion of the blame for how last season finished, however.
Forest imploded and a Plan B was perhaps lacking towards the end of the campaign.
It will be interesting to see what Lamouchi goes onto achieve in the game and his current team sit second in their league.
As Forest prepare to face Wycombe this weekend, Lamouchi is left to wonder what might have been had his team set up a showdown with Bayern Munich.