The Reds opted to sack the European Cup winner after just 19 games in charge back in 2019.
O’Neill had replaced Aitor Karanka as the team’s manager but couldn’t find the sufficient form to help Forest reach the play-offs.
As a result, the Reds chose to act. Just a week into pre-season training ahead of 2019/20, the plug was pulled on O’Neill’s tenure.
Remarkable, Forest acted quickly. Lamouchi was announced as the new manager just 24 minutes after O’Neill had been sacked.
With sadness in his voice, the man who famously starred under Brian Clough has been discussing the ordeal.
He told the Garibaldi Red podcast: “So, I’m sitting in my office and then 24 minutes later when Lamouchi is announced as the new manager.
“You’d think they’d at least have let me get out of my office but I’m still in there at the City Ground when this is unfolding.”
O’Neill oversaw eight wins from his 19 games in charge, with a win-success ratio of 42% during his time at Forest.
The man who excelled as a player at Forest has also managed Wycombe, Norwich, Leicester, Celtic, Aston Villa, Sunderland and the Republic of Ireland.
O’Neill explains sadness at Lamouchi situation
Forest were right to sack O’Neill and appoint Lamouchi. How the club went about it, however, did leave a lot to desire.
The Reds were more than justified in their decision. After a drab 19 games of boring, defence-minded football, Lamouchi didn’t really change too much in the way of the style.
He replaced boring with know-how though and Forest started to win matches and put smiles on the faces of supporters.
Still, how the club chose to do that particular piece of business was pretty harsh on O’Neill.
Given how he’d served the club as a player, he more than deserved the chance to say his proper goodbyes and vacate the City Ground.
O’Neill might look back on his time at the club as a manager with some regrets.
Given the amount of time, if took the Reds to announce Lamouchi, that doesn’t really come as a surprise either.