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Keane leaves role as Nottingham Forest assistant manager

Keane has left Forest. Credit: PA

Roy Keane has left his post as assistant manager at Nottingham Forest.

The Sky Bet Championship side announced the news on Sunday morning. The Irishman, who played for the east midlands club between 1990 and 1993, had been working alongside manager Martin O'Neill.

A statement from the club read: "Nottingham Forest can confirm that assistant manager Roy Keane has left the club.

"Roy would like to express his gratitude to the club's owner, board of directors, the staff, the players and in particular manager Martin O'Neill for the opportunity to return to the City Ground."

Keane, who won seven Premier League titles as a player with Manchester United, had served as O'Neill's assistant with the Republic of Ireland between 2013 and 2018.

He added: "Working with Martin over the last few years has been a magnificent experience, one of my greatest in football both as a player and a coach and one I want to personally thank him for."

Keane could now make a return to being a manager in his own right, having previously been in charge at Sunderland and Ipswich.

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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.

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