January 14, 2019 / 12:22 PM / 2 months ago

Nottingham Forest to appoint O'Neill as new manager - reports

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League - League B - Group 4 - Denmark v Republic of Ireland - Ceres Park, Aarhus, Denmark - November 19, 2018 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill before the match Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

(Reuters) - Nottingham Forest are set to appoint their former player Martin O’Neill as manager to succeed Aitor Karanka, British media reported on Monday.

The Championship club parted company with Spaniard Karanka last week after just 12 months in charge at the City Ground.

O’Neill, who made 371 appearances and won two European Cups under Brian Clough at Forest between 1971-1981, ended his spell as Ireland manager last November.

The 66-year-old will arrive at Forest with the club sitting ninth in the second division, four points outside the playoff places.

According to the reports, O’Neill could be joined by his former Ireland assistant Roy Keane, who made his breakthrough as a midfielder at Forest between 1990 and 1993 before moving on to Manchester United.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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