No Nottingham Forest talks for Ireland boss O'Neill

Martin O'Neill won't be returning to the City Ground. Photo: PA

Martin O'Neill has denied he is set for talks with Nottingham Forest about the managerial vacancy at his former club, according to reports in Ireland.

The Republic of Ireland manager, who played for the Reds between 1971 and 1981, is the latest high profile name to be linked to the Sky Bet Championship club, who are looking for a successor to Billy Davies after he was sacked on Monday.

The Daily Mail claimed in a report on its website on Thursday night that Forest hope to speak to O'Neill about the possibility of him taking over on an interim basis for the remainder for the season.

But the 62-year-old ex-City Ground favourite has said there has been no contact.

"I've spoken to Martin," an FAI spokesman told the Irish Times.

"He says there's nothing in it and he doesn't know where it's come from."

O'Neill, who won two European Cups, a league title and a League Cup during his glittering decade-long stay at Forest, is the second former Reds player in as many days to be linked with the job after Stuart Pearce.

Pearce turned down the opportunity on Thursday for personal reasons just days after Neil Warnock also rejected the Reds, claiming that he was unhappy with the conditions of the job.

Forest owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi revealed on Thursday that he hoped to make an appointment by the end of next week and that Steve Clarke and Gianfranco Zola were included on his shortlist of candidates.