Date: 30th June 2019 at 7:00am
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Not long after Roy Keane resigned as Nottingham Forest’s assistant coach, Martin O’Neill was then sacked as manager after his relationship broke down with a number of players. The East Midlands club finished ninth in the Championship, having amassed less points-per-game (1.37) than under Aitor Karanka (1.44) during the first half of the season.

Taylor of Nottinghamshire Live suggested O’Neill’s disciplined approach divided the squad while Daniel Taylor of the Guardian reported that players were uninspired by his methods and confused by his tactics. The Reds manager fell out with some of his squad too.

After being an unused substitute against Ipswich Town in mid-March, Adlene Guedioura refused to warm down with the fitness staff and had a dressing room argument with O’Neill as a result. He wouldn’t start again for the remainder of the season.

Pele missed an appointment with the club doctor and found his loan spell cut short at the City Ground. One first-team player was dropped after missing the team coach while another criticised O’Neill on holiday and their comments ended up on social media.

O’Neill wasn’t going to be sacked until the squad revealed their unhappiness with his performance to the board. They gave a negative appraisal during the first week of pre-season which has led to Sabri Lamouch’s appointment.

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4 Replies to “Explained: Why the Nottingham Forest players turned on Martin O’Neill”

  • shame really that players performance are not analysed in the same way as the Manager. If the players have got rid of two managers in one season, surely the players need to go. We will go no-where whilst this carousel of removing managers exists. I know a number of fans were unhappy with Martin, but many are always unhappy. We will never know about whether tactics or approach were wrong as no-one stays long enough to prove or dis-prove this. We are a laughing stock…that can be proved

  • Good points made in previous comment.

    Along the same lines, as well as the players taking more responsibility for the teams failures, perhaps the people who continue to make unsuccessful managerial appointments should be held to account for their poor decision making.

    That was always Cloughie’s opinion and he knew a bit about how to run a football club.

  • These fucking players will not amount to be half the player O’Neil was not achieve nothing- he was an international level player, has 2!!!! European Cups too his name and was a class act in managing
    Get fucking rid of the snow ball generation players ASAP

  • Whatever justification Adlene felt he had, he has breach a most important trust which fans expect. That you present yourself prepared and ready to play when called upon. A total lack of respect for the manager but crucially to the fans and club. You are paid by the club to do your job and be fit for matches and the club expects you, like it is any other club, to obey the person the club employs to make the key decisions – its manager. Any issues you had should not be highlighted during a match. a match that was still there to be won and as it’s often said, you only need a minute to score a goal.

    However badly we were playing, 1 simple substitution or 1 passage of play could change everything. And yet, you were too arrogant to even consider this most basic fact. Whatever services you’ve done before, whatever goals you’ve scored, all this is just thrown down the drain. Fans should make it clear that he has to go and be given the cold shoulder, if he ever plays again.

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