Martin O’Neill sacked: Nottingham Forest part company with manager and appoint successor in 18 minutes

Sabri Lamouchi will replace O'Neill after spells with Rennes and the Ivory Coast 

Nottingham Forest have sacked the Irishman
Nottingham Forest have sacked the Irishman

Nottingham Forest have sacked Martin O’Neill as manager after five months in charge and announced Sabri Lamouchi as his replacement.

O’Neill guided the club to ninth last year and previously made 371 appearances for the club as a player, winning two European Cups.

The club’s decision follows former assistant Roy Keane leaving the club.

A club statement read: “Nottingham Forest can confirm that manager Martin O’Neill has left the club.

“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.”

Forest have acted after reported discontent in the dressing room concerning O’Neill’s training methods.

The decision was taken in pre-season to prevent the issues escalating and damaging their ambitions for next season with a separate statement 18 minutes later to announce Lamouchi as the new manager.

Sabri Lamouchi is the new Forest manager

It read: “Nottingham Forest are delighted to announce that Sabri Lamouchi has been appointed as the club’s new head coach.

“The Frenchman will be assisted at Forest by six new members of staff who will support the first team.”

The move follows Keane’s exit from the club, five days ago, with the former Manchester United captain eager to resurrect his own managerial career.

Roy Keane has left Nottingham Forest with immediate effect

“Nottingham Forest can confirm that assistant manager Roy Keane has left the club,” read a statement at the time. “Roy would like to express his gratitude to the club’s owner, board of directors, the staff, the players and in particular manager Martin O’Neill for the opportunity to return to The City Ground.

“The former Red would also like to place on record his appreciation to the supporters who have welcomed him back so warmly since his appointment in January.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in