Former Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi could be set for a return to European football.

The likeable ex-manager enjoyed a reasonable 2019/20 campaign, narrowly missing out on a place in the Championship play-offs.

He departed after four successive defeats to start the 2020/21 season and he now looks set to take over at Besiktas in Turkey.

The Istanbul-based club are on the lookout for a new gaffer and Lamouchi is a leading candidate according to The Athletic.

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A board meeting will take place today and the directors are set to make a decision on who leads the club going forward.

Besiktas are seventh in the Turkish Liga and have won just one of their previous five games domestically.

Lamouchi has been seeking his next job after leaving Qatari outfit Al-Duhail at the end of last season and has fancied a return to Europe.

The 50-year-old arrived on Trentside as an unknown manager and departed as a cult hero among the fan base.

 

Lamouchi won 20 of his 55 games in charge of Forest and left the club with a win ratio of 36%.

It was perhaps the January transfer window in 2020 that defined his reign at the City Ground. The club badly let him down and ultimately cost the team a real shot of promotion.

Forest fans will wish Lamouchi well

It’s a chapter that is now consigned to the history books but Lamouchi made Forest fans believe again.

Wins over Derby and Leeds won’t be forgotten and the feel-good factor came back to Trentside when he was appointed.

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It was disappointing how it all ended. A catastrophic run at the end of 2019/20 scuppered any play-off plans and the hangover stretched into the following season.

Lamouchi wasn’t a man for excuses though. Since leaving he has basically accepted responsibility for his failings and highlighted the campaign as a big regret.

Besiktas will be an interesting challenge for Lamouchi and Forest fans will perhaps follow their fortunes closely if he gets the nod.

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