Nottingham Forest sack Martin O’Neill… and appoint Sabri Lamouchi as new boss just 20 minutes later

MARTIN O'NEILL has been sacked by Nottingham Forest just five months into the job.

And the club have immediately confirmed the appointment of Sabri Lamouchi as his successor.

The shock news comes just days after assistant Roy Keane decided to walk away from the City Ground.

Forest confirmed O'Neill's departure in statement at 1.20pm on Friday afternoon.

But the club provided no details on the former Ireland manager's exit.

And just 20 minuites later a new statement was issued confirming Lamouchi's arrival at the club.

O'Neill joined Forest in January this year and led them to a respectable ninth-place finish in the Championship.

However, the Guardian claim to have some insight into what went on behind closed doors.

It's said that O'Neill fell out with a number of key players at the club.

They eventually went to complain to the top brass.

And a decision was taken to axe O'Neill ahead of pre-season training.

Suspicions were raised when O'Neill's loyal sidekick Keane quit Forest earlier this week.

But the club have already brought in a replacement.

Former Ivory Coast and Rennes boss Sabri Lamouchi is now in charge at Forest.

He is represented by Jorge Mendes, and fans will be excited to see what changes he brings about.


Lamouchi's most recent spell was with Rennes in Ligue 1, securing Europa League football in 2018.

He led Ivory Coast during the 2014 World Cup and won the Qatari Cup with El Jaish.

Lamouchi also enjoyed a distinguished playing career and represented top clubs including Inter Milan, Marseille and Monaco.


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