Nottingham Forest sack Sabri Lamouchi after worst losing streak in nearly 50 years

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 06 October 2020, 18:22

Sabri Lamouchi has become the second Championship manager to leave his post this season after he was axed by Nottingham Forest.

The decision came just hours after Barnsley revealed that Gerhard Struber had left his post, in the briefest of club statements, which simply read:

"Nottingham Forest can confirm that the contract of head coach Sabri Lamouchi has been terminated with immediate effect."

Forest had endured a shocking start to the season during which Lamouchi lost five successive matches in all competitions; four of which came in the Championship, the first time the club had been pointless at this point of a season since 1954/55.

But as the heavily cliched saying goes, football is a results driven business, and the results have been terrible; seven straight defeats since July - their worst run in 48 years - zero wins in 11 matches, three home defeats in a row, and an alarming return of one goal in six hours of league football.

The above certainly didn’t help Lamouchi’s cause, while fans had been left deflated and frustrated with his cautious style of play along with his failure to gel the team together following a number of summer changes.

The Midlands club will now open up the search for their 14th permanent manager since Billy Davies’ first spell came to an end in March 2014 - click here for the next manager odds.

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Sabri Lamouchi has become the second Championship casualty of the campaign

Lamouchi was appointed Forest manager back in June 2019, just 18 minutes after the club axed Martin O’Neill.

He lost his first league game but then went 10 matches unbeaten, before leading the club to 5th place in March - nestled five points within the play-offs - when the season was halted due to the coronavirus.

A meagre return of nine points from their final 10 matches, which included that catastrophic 4-1 home defeat to Stoke on the final day, meant they somehow chucked away a play-off place, to the absolute disbelief of everyone.

And now that shambolic collapse combined with their early season struggles have brought an end to the relationship, with Lamouchi overseeing a total of 55 matches which produced 20 wins, 16 draws and 19 defeats.

But, if reports are to be believed Lamouchi, who previously managed El Jaish between 2014 and 2017, may not have to wait long for another job with Qatari club Al Duhail reportedly interested in his services. 

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