By Matt Farr
Nottingham Forest confirmed they have parted ways with manager Philippe Montanier.
The 52-year-old has come under heavy fire in recent weeks for a string of bad performances that has left Forest at the wrong end of the Championship table, and the club took the emphatic decision to dismiss him from his post on Saturday.
His long-term future has been under intense scrutiny, and according to BBC Sport, the club’s patience finally ran out following a 0-0 draw with Birmingham.
The news was confirmed on Nottingham Forest’s official Twitter page on Saturday evening.
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During his seven months in charge, Montanier led Nottingham Forest to just seven wins from 26 league matches this season, while the club have picked up just two points from a possible 21 since December 14.
Their miserable form leaves them just three points clear of the relegation zone, and Montanier’s potential replacement has a lot of work to do to turn the club around in the second-half of the campaign.
The dismissal sees Forest in further disarray this week, after their proposed takeover by an American consortium fell through on Friday.
The club had been in talks over the potential sale of the club for some time, but the collapsed deal now sees owner Fawaz Al Hasawi remain at the club.
As many as seven different managers have been dismissed from their posts at the Forest Ground since Hasawi took ownership of the club in 2012.
No official shortlist has yet been drawn up by the club, but the Sun reported on Wednesday that former Birmingham manager Gary Rowett was the preferred choice to take over.
Football Insider verdict
The decision has been a long time coming, really. Montanier has had a torrid time since arriving at Nottingham Forest in the summer, and with the club in a precarious position in the league, the club made the right decision in terminating his deal. Managerial sackings and dismissals are often done with too much haste in today’s game, but Montanier’s came at the right time – if not a little later than it should have done. The club is all over the place at the moment. Their takeover fell through on Friday, and club captain Henri Lansbury is likely to leave the club this month. Not to mention their results and form. They need someone now to come in and make a real difference to their season, and that will be a huge task. There won’t be many capable of the job out there at the moment, but they have to try.
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