Nottingham Forest sack Martin O'Neil and appoint Sabri Lamouchi

Martin O'Neill has left Nottingham Forest after just five months in charge, with Sabri Lamouchi appointed as the Championship club's new head coach.

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

Northern Irishman O'Neill, who made 371 appearances and scored 62 goals for Forest during a 10-year stay, was appointed as Aitor Karanka's successor by owner Evangelos Marinakis in January with the club sitting in ninth place in the table and four points off the play-off places.

What will O'Neill's legacy be now after his failure at a club which should have been open to his ability to mention Brian Clough as often as possible and refer to his European Cup medals? In 19 games under O'Neill, the team won eight games, lost eight games and recorded three draws.

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Forest have wasted no time in replacing him by bringing in Frenchman Lamouchi, announcing the move at 1.39pm.

The ex-France global managed the Ivory Coast at the 2014 World Cup and more recently led Rennes to a fifth place finish in Ligue 1 in 2017/18.

The former France worldwide will be assisted by six new members of staff, the club confirmed.

The 47-year-old - whose playing career took him to the likes of Monaco, Parma, Inter Milan and Marseille - also managed Ivory Coast at the 2014 World Cup. Few people in Ireland will have been surprised by this decision but is it possible to feel sorry for O'Neill given the state of Nottingham Forest?

  • Lawrence Cooper