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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.

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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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