Sabri Lamouchi: Just Exactly Who is The New Nottingham Forest Manager?

Sabri Lamouchi: Just Exactly Who is The New Nottingham Forest Manager?
19:07, 01 Aug 2019

It’s no secret that Nottingham Forest’s owners Evangelos Marinakis and Sokratis Kominakis are slightly trigger-happy when it comes to making decisions as to who should be overseeing proceedings in the dugout.

Since Marinakis’ majority purchase in May 2017 there have been four managers to take the position at The City Ground. Mark Warbuton lasted just four months into the new 17/18 season, former Real Madrid coach Aitor Karanka was then granted a year before feeling the axe, with Martin O'Neill completing the remainder of the 18/19 campaign, in which they finished ninth.

Now Sabri Lamouchi was been granted the role, becoming the 18th man (either permanent or interim) in the hot seat since 2011. 

Frenchman Lamouchi is a former midfielder who enjoyed spells at ten different clubs during his playing career, the majority in his homeland; he can claim two Division 1 titles, with Auxerre and Monaco, and had stints in Italy (with Parma and Inter Milan) and Qatar, before retiring in 2009. 

His managerial career began with the Ivory Coast national team, qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The squad, which featured such recognisable players as Didier Droga, Gervinho, Max Gradel, Serge Aurier, and the Touré brothers, failed to make it past the group stages.

Lamouchi’s last job was with Ligue 1 side Rennes from whom he was sacked on December 3 2018 to be replaced by compatriot Julien Stéphan, after six defeats and just four wins.

Upon being appointed at Forest, Lamouchi was reserved in his approach to what is one of the toughest jobs in the Championship, a task made harder by his lack of experience in the English League.

“I just want to try to start in a good way, I’m just focused on August and nothing else. “I know the target from the club, I know the dream for the fans and I know the history of the club. “I’m so proud to work for this club and I just want to do my job.” (SkySports)

Lamouchi’s first game in charge of Forest is against Alfreton Town on Saturday June 29.