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Nottingham Forest have sacked Martin O’Neill after just five months in charge and replaced him with Sabri Lamouchi as manager.
O’Neill’s departure was announced in a brief statement on the club’s website.
“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.”
Remarkably, just 18 minutes later, The Reds released another statement announcing the appointment of former Ivory Coast and Rennes manager Lamouchi.
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Northern Irishman O’Neill only joined the club where he starred as a player in February of this year.
The club finished the campaign 9th in the Championship - eight points off a playoff spot.
His assistant Roy Keane also left the club earlier this week.
Former French international Lamouchi takes over at the City Ground after being sacked by Rennes last December.
The ex-Monaco, Marseille and Inter midfielder had led the club to a fifth place finish in Ligue Un in 2017/18, qualifying for the Europa League.
Lamouchi previously managed Ivory Coast in his first managerial role, qualifying for the 2014 World Cup as the highest ranked African side.
Forest say he will be joined by six new members of staff ahead of the new season.
The East Midlands club kick off their Championship campaign at home to West Bromwich Albion on August 3rd.