Nottingham Forest have endured a frustrating time over the last few weeks, with the Reds having managed to win just one of their last six Championship matches.
That run has seen the Reds fall ten points adrift of the automatic promotion places, in the Championship and ruled out the prospect of them realistically being able to finish inside the top places in the league, when and if the campaign resumes following the suspension.
However, the Reds are still well placed to see them secure a place inside the Championship’s top six come the end of the campaign, with Lamouchi’s side still sitting five points clear of seventh placed Bristol City in the table and that is a very healthy advantage at this stage.
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Lamouchi’s arrival at the City Ground in the summer was met with some skepticism from Nottingham Forest supporters, which was very much understandable given the Frenchman’s lack of Championship experience, and his mixed CV of varying successes in both France and international football with the Ivory Coast.
Forest are a club who have become synonymous with managerial stability over the last few campaigns, with the Reds often finding themselves having two, or even three managers throughout a single season in recent years – and the previous exploits of another inexperienced manager in the Championship in Philippe Montanier did little to raise expectations of Lamouchi ending that trend.
The Frenchman, though, appears to have done just that, with his calm and composed style helping to create a much better atmosphere amongst the players on the training ground, and that has translated into improved performances and results, which has also meant a bond has been formed between himself and the supporters.
Those are the sorts of things that are essential to any team wanting to challenge for promotion in the Championship, and Lamouchi has demonstrated he can produce a side who are very organised defensively, but also have the quality to hurt teams in the final third.
That has seen the Reds produce some memorable performances and results throughout the campaign, with the recent 2-0 win at home to Leeds United typifying how good they can be when all of their players are playing at the top of their game.
The suspension to the Championship season, might have come at a good time for Reds, who can now take stock of their position and look to recharge their batteries, for what is likely to be a gripping end to the campaign whenever the football resumes.
The Reds do look likely to finish inside the Championship play-off places, but that will be no guarantee of promotion, so they could face the prospect of deciding in the summer whether to stick with Lamouchi or opt for another manager to take them forwards, in the event they miss out on a return to the Premier League.
Lamouchi, though, has more than done enough to earn another crack at getting the club promoted, were they to miss out this term, and the Frenchman having had a year to adapt to English football could be even better placed to help Forest achieve success next season – and as we have seen with Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United it can sometimes take a year of disappointment to find the right formula for success.