Incredibly, today, Martin O’Neill the ‘head coach’ of Nottingham Forest, has been sacked by the club
This move comes a little more than 5 months after he was appointed to the role, having resigned his posistion as Republic Of Ireland boss together with Roy Keane, to take the head coaches posistion at the City Ground
At the time, he was enthused and the supporters delighted with the appointment of a man who twice won the European Cup as a player with Forest, under the then manager, the late great Brian Clough.
His Successor has already been appointed. He is Sabri Lamouchi, who previously managed Rennes and The Ivory Coast, he takes up his duties immediately
So, how did Martin O’Neill come to be sacked?
It was only 5 months ago, that he sat in his Press Conference and was delighted to be in charge of a club, he regarded as ‘his club’ and was looking forward to restoring them to their former glories
Sources close to the city ground, say that there were rumours of dressing room unrest with a number of players, combined with a lack of respect and discipline. It is also claimed that O’Neill’s tactics were too ‘old school’
He sadly becomes the latest Forest Managerial Casualty, and apparently it seems for very similar reasons, to that which cost his predecessor Aitor Karanka, his position, which was allegedly down to a breakdown in the relationship with the players, or at least a section of them, which notably included group of senior pro’s with inflential voices at board level
It has to be said this is nothing new, at every club you will find a group of Senior Pros, who are considered to be experienced enough to approach the board with ‘team concerns’
It is said the Forest Owner Evangelos Marinakis, who not the sentimental type, had employed O’Neill, having met with him a couple of times and been won over, by O’Neills enthusiasm for restoring Forest to their Former Glories, Marinakis was also impressed by O’Neills trophy list, which was one with several, less than attractive clubs, such as Wycombe Wanderers and Leicester City to name but two, and who were languising in relative obsucurity, before O’Neill sprinkled his magic dust over them and led them to trophies, In Leicester City’s case they won the League Cup, against the Odds
However, that was nearly 25 years ago, since then, he had an unhappy stint in charge at Sunderland and 5 years with the Republic Of Ireland, where though they didn’t win any trophies, his appointment to that role divided opinion
Marinakis, however, was thought to be unhappy with the rumours and apparent discontent within the club, that he took steps to rectify the posistion.
What does seem odd, is that earlier this week, Roy Keane, O’Neills assistant manager and a man not known for holding back with his opinions on players, especially if he thinks they are not giving 1,500 percent for the shirt, as he used to do as a player himself, left the club, the official line on this being that he “Wanted To Restart His Mangerial Career”
Could this have been the catalyst for the sacking of O’Neill
What ever the reasons, Martin O’Neill has been sacked, his successor is in place and Nottingham Forest Start the season with another manager, hoping to guide them to the Premiership
Will It Work?
Watch this space