'You've got a gooden!' Brighton fans back 'legend' Chris Hughton to succeed at Nottingham Forest

Ex-Brighton head coach Chris Hughton has taken charge at Nottingham ForestEx-Brighton head coach Chris Hughton has taken charge at Nottingham Forest
Ex-Brighton head coach Chris Hughton has taken charge at Nottingham Forest
Former Albion boss Chris Hughton has been appointed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest after the club sacked Sabri Lamouchi.

The former Brighton manager was announced at the City Ground just minutes after Forest confirmed Lamouchi’s departure on Tuesday evening.

Nottingham Forest are delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Hughton as the club’s new manager,” a club statement read.

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“Hughton joins the club with a wealth of managerial experience, leading both Newcastle United and Brighton to promotion from the Championship and going on to establish both teams in the Premier League.”

Hughton has been out of work since leaving Brighton in May 2019 and had been linked with Watford and Bristol City over the summer.

The ex-Tottenham full back remains a hugely respected figure at Albion having guided them to the Premier League in 2017 and maintained their top flight status for two seasons.

@LetsTalkBHAFC: Congratulations to former Albion manager Chris Hughton who today has been announced as Nottingham Forest Manager. Good Luck Chris #BHAFC

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@julesbreach: Delighted to see Chris Hughton back in management An organised, focused coach with vital experience in the division and a proven record to be able to turn things around. And, a wonderful human being too! You’ve got a gooden Forest fans #NFFC

@Bobbysix: So happy for Chris Hughton. An absolute gentleman and a #BHAFC legend.

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.

The club said Lamouchi’s contract had “been terminated with immediate effect”.

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Owner Evangelos Marinakis has acted just four months after Lamouchi signed a new two-year contract at the City Ground.

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.

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.

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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.