For years and years, Nottingham Forest, a club who once won back to back European Cups in 1979 and 1980, have struggled in the Championship (and League One for a bit).

Their last appearance in the Premier League dates back to 1999, and while they’ve made the playoffs a few times, they haven’t done so since 2011.

Then, Sabri Lamouchi came along and gave hope back to the club, now owned by Evangelos Marinakis, as Forest now sit fifth in the league, four points ahead of Preston North End with just nine games to go.

Things have gone very well this season, as the club have only lost nine games, and it seems the partnership with their new manager could be one to last if things go well.

That’s been backed up by one of his former international teammates Robert Pirès, who recently had a chat with journalist Zineb Elhouari, about his own chances of becoming a manager.

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He said, relayed by Vosges Matin: “I don’t know which team I’ll manage. Honestly, I can’t choose. You can’t know where you’ll go as a manager. I’ll give the example of Sabri Lamouchi, who’s very happy at Nottingham Forest.

“The manager puts himself on the market and then analyses the offers he gets. I could say I’m going to manager Arsenal, Metz, Reims, Marseille or Villarreal, but I can’t. These days, it’s complicated”.

The former winger did state he wanted to give managing a go, revealing he was planning on studying for the qualifications in the next few years, wanting to do so over in Spain.

As for Lamouchi, he will get a chance to finish his first season in charge at City Ground, as it was announced a couple of days ago the league would kick off again on June 20th.

Nottingham Forest’s last game came on Friday March 6th, ending in a 3-0 home defeat to Millwall.