Forest to appoint club legend O’Neill as manager

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Martin O’Neill won 19 of his 55 matches in charge of the Republic of Ireland

Nottingham Forest are set to appoint club legend Martin O’Neill as manager to succeed Aitor Karanka, reports BBC Radio Nottingham.

The 66-year-old, who played 371 games and won the European Cup as a Forest player, ended his five-year spell as Republic of Ireland boss last November.

He returns to a Reds side who are ninth in the Championship, four points outside the play-off places.

O’Neill becomes Nottingham Forest’s 11th manager since June 2011.

Karanka’s exit from the club – with Forest still very much in the promotion race – means O’Neill arrives in a strong position both on the field and off it, having invested heavily during the summer on players such as Lewis Grabban and Joao Carvalho.

The Forest job would be the Northern Irishman’s first return to club management since a mixed spell with Sunderland, which saw him guide the Black Cats away from relegation in his first season but then struggle again the following campaign prior to his sacking.

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Martin O’Neill: Nottingham Forest to appoint club legend as manager

Nottingham Forest are set to appoint club legend Martin O’Neill as manager to succeed Aitor Karanka, reports BBC Radio Nottingham. The 66-year-old, who played 371 games and won the European Cup as a Forest player, ended his five-year spell as Republic of Ireland boss last November.

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