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Sabri Lamouchi outlines Nottingham Forest challenge

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Sabri Lamouchi is determined to win promotion with Nottingham Forest next season and is hoping to make some new signings before the end of the transfer window.

The French-born coach took charge at the City Ground last week, almost immediately after the club announced their decision to sack Martin O’Neill.

The 47-year-old has no experience as a manager in England, but has previously managed Ligue 1 side Rennes and the Ivory Coast national team.

Lamouchi took charge of his first game as Forest manager last night, as his side played out a goalless draw with Dundee in a pre-season friendly in Spain.

After the game, he admitted that he is honoured to be given the chance to manage Forest and is hoping to repay those who have shown faith in the him by winning promotion next season.

The manager also revealed that he is hoping to make a few signings before the start of the new season, to allow him to build a team that can challenge for promotion.

“It is not only a new division for me, it is a totally different challenge,” said Lamouchi, as quoted by the Nottingham Post.

“But I am excited, I am determined and I will give my best for this shirt; for this club.

“For me, it is a big challenge and people have put trust in me to take on that challenge. I want to repay them for that.

“We have a lot to do but to be manager of a big club like Nottingham Forest? For me it is a big honour and I will do my best to bring us our first points as soon as possible.

“If we want to play in the way we want, we need more quality. That is always the biggest problem for the coach or the manager – but I like to have that problem.

“I like to have players with quality. After that we will fight for team; we will fight for first position.

“The target of course, is to go up. I am not a dreamer. I know just one thing. It is about work, work, work.”

O’Neill replaced Aitor Karanka in charge at the City Ground in January, but was unable to guide Forest to a top-six finish in the Championship.

He was sacked after just five months in charge at the City Ground, after the player reportedly turned against him and his departure came just days after his assistant Roy Keane left the club.

The Verdict

Despite having no experience as a manager in England, Lamouchi is clearly determined to make an impact at Nottingham Forest next season and you’ve got to admire his determination.

I’m sure his latest comments will please Forest fans, as he obviously understands what it means to manage the club.

I think it’s only fair that he is allowed to make a few new signings this summer, but he doesn’t have a great deal of time to put his own stamp on the squad.

The Frenchman will need to use pre-season to get to know his players and work out who is in his plans for next season and what areas he needs to strengthen.

Lamouchi will need trust his judgement, as he will have to work out what players can make an impact in the Championship before managing his first game in the division.


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