Now we finally get to see if he’s up to one of the biggest challenges in British football, the winter rush.
When Sabri Lamouchi first took charge at the City Ground, he noted how difficult this league was going to be, referring to it as ‘the marathon league’, and there is arguably not a more difficult time in the British footballing calendar than the pile-up of fixtures that take place in and around Christmas.
Speaking during his pre-match press conference ahead of the game with Millwall, Lamouchi spoke about how he is set to approach this tough run of fixtures, starting with the game at the Den:
“We have to focus game after game, I do not have another plan. I will put the best line-up for each game. Millwall is the first game, we must take points and we go there to play and try and disturb them. Then we have Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday and they are not easy. We start the most important time in the Championship, from December to February and we will see where we will be after a few games.”
This really will act as one of the biggest tests that Lamouchi will have faced in his short time at the City Ground, he’s obviously well aware of it, but how he manages to cope with it is going to be a different matter.
Whilst he speaks about putting out the ‘best line-up’ for each of the games, with still a couple of weeks to go until the January window opens, he’s going have to use everything at his disposal to try and get the team over the line before he can bring in the reinforcements. But as the game against Wigan Athletic showed, the players already at his disposal might not be enough to see the team through.
This winter period is going to come down to more than just the players on the pitch, a lot of the success and failure that Nottingham Forest go through will be down to the head coach and how he manages to come through it all.
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And a good winter, can really act as a springboard for a decent run at promotion during the spring.