Dawson and Cash laud Forest's Lamouchi

14 April 2020 22:32:54 GMTPlus10

Nottingham Forest boss Sambri Lamouchi is the inspiration behind the club’s Premier League promotion bid, according to defensive duo Michael Dawson and Matty Cash.

Championship side Forest, who currently occupy fifth position in the table, are targeting at least a play-off spot this season in their bid to return to the top flight for the first time since their relegation to English football’s second tier in 1999.

Former Rennes and Ivory Coast coach Lamouchi joined Nottingham Forest in June 2019 to replace Martin O’Neill, and the ex-French international has made a huge impact in his first campaign at the City Ground.

Lamouchi picked up the Championship's Manager of the Month Award for September 2019 and January 2020, and further accolades should come his way if the 48-year-old drags Forest into the Premier League.

Several of the club’s younger players have also seen a jump in their development under Lamouchi’s instruction, including 22-year-old Matty Cash – the flying full-back who models his game on Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The highly-regarded defender, who has been likened in style by Dawson to Brazilian great Cafu, has been linked with a string of Premier League big-hitters, and Cash credits his rise down to Lamouchi’s influence.

Speaking in a video interview with Sky Sports, Cash said: "He has been brilliant. He came in early in pre-season, it's just the way he is. When he talks you listen to him. His meetings are fantastic and before the games they get you right up for it."

Veteran centre-half Dawson was also effusive in his praise, saying: "In his meetings he has you in the palm of his hands. I have got an unbelievable relationship with the gaffer."

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