Forest appoint former Canaries boss Hughton
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Nottingham Forest have appointed former Norwich City boss Chris Hughton as their new manager, swiftly after the sacking of Sabri Lamouchi.
The former Brighton, Norwich and Birmingham manager was announced at the City Ground just minutes after Forest confirmed Lamouchi’s departure this evening.
Hughton has been out of work since leaving Brighton in May 2019 and had been linked with Watford and Bristol City over the summer.
Lamouchi paid the price for Forest’s poor start to the Sky Bet Championship campaign after they also endured a rotten end to last term, missing out on the play-offs on the final day of last season.
Owner Evangelos Marinakis has acted just four months after Lamouchi signed a new two-year contract at the City Ground.
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Forest were expected to reach the play-offs and sat fifth heading into the final day of last season.
But a 4-1 home defeat to Stoke, coupled with Swansea’s 4-1 win at Reading, saw them miss out on goal difference.
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They collected just three points from their final six games, which saw them finish seventh after occupying a place in the top six for 207 days.
It piled the pressure on Lamouchi and, despite backing him with new signings this summer, including Harry Arter and Scott McKenna, Forest have lost every game this season.
A 2-1 home defeat to Bristol City on Saturday was Lamouchi’s final game in charge.
He was appointed in June 2019 after Martin O’Neill’s departure and won 20 of his 55 games.
Hughton succeeded Paul Lambert at Norwich in 2012 and managed to continue establishing the club in the Premier League when finishing 11th in his first season.
However, he was dismissed with five games of 2013-14 remaining, with Neil Adams taking over but unable to prevent relegation.
In total the former Tottenham defender managed 24 wins from his 82 games in charge in all competitions.
Norwich are due to host Forest on December 9 and travel to the City Ground on March 17 this season.