Shock as Forest replace O’Neill with French coach

Date published: Friday 28th June 2019 1:51 - Matthew Briggs

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Sabri Lamouchi has been appointed as Nottingham Forest’s new head coach, the club have announced.

According to the club’s website, Lamouchi, who was in charge of Ivory Coast for a spelll, was “most recently in charge of Rennes in the French top flight”.

The Frenchman will also “be assisted at Forest by six new members of staff who will support the first team”.

Martin O’Neill has left Forest just five months after being appointed as manager by the Sky Bet Championship club.

The 67-year-old – who made 371 appearances for Forest as a player, winning two European Cups – returned to the City Ground as boss in January.

The former Republic of Ireland manager guided the club to a ninth-placed finish in the Championship last term, but his short-lived tenure is now over.

A statement on the club’s website read: “Nottingham Forest can confirm that manager Martin O’Neill has left the club.

“The club would like to thank Martin for all his efforts during his time at The City Ground and wish him well for the future.”

O’Neill’s assistant Roy Keane left the club on Sunday and reports have suggested player unrest is behind the former Celtic boss’ departure.

The Northern Irishman took charge with Forest in ninth place but he failed to guide the club into the play-offs.

Forest have not played in the top flight since 1999 and will be on the lookout for their 12th manager since June 2011.


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