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Roy Keane appointed Nottingham Forest assistant manager, reuniting with Martin O'Neill

Roy Keane has reunited with Martin O'Neill Credit: PA

Roy Keane will once again link up with Martin O'Neill to become Nottingham Forest assistant manager, the Sky Bet Championship club have announced.

The 47-year-old was part of O'Neill's backroom staff during their five-year spell in charge of the Republic of Ireland between 2013 and 2018.

Keane, like O'Neill, is a favourite at the City Ground after making over 100 appearances for the club between 1990 and 1993 before moving to Manchester United, where he went on to win seven Premier League titles.

It was widely expected that Keane would join as assistant to O'Neill, who became the club's 11th full-time boss since 2011 on January 15, and Forest confirmed his arrival on Monday.

A statement read: "Nottingham Forest are delighted to confirm that former Red Roy Keane has returned to the club as assistant manager.

"Keane, who started his professional football career with the Reds in 1990 and went on to make over 100 appearances in the Garibaldi, joins Martin O'Neill's backroom staff with immediate effect."

There had been rumours of Keane returning to management after he and O'Neill left their roles with Ireland in November.

The former Forest midfielder guided Sunderland back to the Premier League during his first season in charge at the Stadium of Light in 2006 before resigning in December 2008 and went on to manage Ipswich from 2009 to 2011.


Nottingham Forest set to appoint Martin O'Neill as new manager

Martin O'Neill is expected to be named the new Nottingham Forest manager Credit: PA

Nottingham Forest are set to appoint Martin O'Neill as manager, replacing Aitor Karanka who left the club on Friday.

O'Neill played 371 games for forest and was an integral part of the side who tasted European Cup glory under Brian Clough.

The club first approached the former Republic of Ireland manager as far back as 1993 as they sought a replacement for Clough.

He's since gone on to manage Celtic, Leicester City, Sunderland and Aston Villa but will be afforded a hero's welcome should he take the reins at the City Ground.


O'Neill rules out Leicester City return

Martin O'Neill. Credit: PA

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill has ruled out a return to Leicester City to succeed sacked Claudio Ranieri. O'Neill won the League Cup in 1997 and 2000 as Foxes manager.

The 64-year-old told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I wouldn't be going.

"I'm enjoying the job here (with the Republic) at this moment and we have some big games ahead."

O'Neill was then asked about the possibility of doing both jobs simultaneously.

"I hadn't even thought about it," he said.

"And if that were the case - not talking about myself, but in general if someone were taking time to do two jobs at the same time - I think there would be problems if you didn't get the results on both sides."

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