Former Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi has claimed that he was shocked when Jack Robinson was allowed to leave to join Sheffield United.

The Frenchman has been discussing his tenure at the City Ground with The Athletic and made the claim regarding the defender.

Lamouchi narrowly missed out on the play-offs during the 2019/20 campaign and was then sacked after losing the first four games of the season after.

The 50-year-old walked straight into another job. He was offered the position at Al-Duhail and oversaw a Club World Cup campaign.

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Now, he’s out of work and looking to get himself hooked up with another position after appointing a new agent.

During an honest and insightful chat with Lamouchi, he discussed the ill-fated transfer window of January 2020; with many believing that to be the catalyst of Forest’s downfall.

He told The Athletic: “At that moment, it was a good time to do the right things; to strengthen as we needed but we completely missed the market.

“What happened in the window was not my decision. It was a club decision and I respect that. I was surprised when Chema left because that was not in the plan. I was shocked about Jack Robinson being allowed to leave too.”

Robinson left to join Sheffield United who were in the Premier League at the time.

He made 59 appearances for the Reds and was a useful member of the squad; not least because he could play at centre-back and as a left-back.

Sabri gone but never forgotten at Forest

The 2019/20 campaign under Lamouchi at the City Ground was one of the most memorable for Forest fans in recent times.

The team were united and ultimately, the Forest fan base had a team to be proud of for the first time in many years.

Earlier this season, supporters started chanting Lamouchi’s name with Chris Hughton toiling in the dugout.

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That wasn’t really a nod that they wanted the former boss back but more that they enjoyed occasions like beating Leeds under the former manager.

In terms of Robinson going, it was perhaps an error to let him leave at the midway point.

Although he wasn’t amazing, he was versatile and naturally that caused detriment to the balance in the Forest defence.

As a result, Lamouchi’s criticism of the transfer window is justified. It was a disastrous month for the Reds, with the signings just not hitting the mark.

Thankfully, Forest have now taken steps behind the scenes to avoid a repeat of January 2020.

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