Nottingham Forest have confirmed the appointment of Martin O’Neill as the club’s new manager, according to the club’s official website.

The Northern Irishman replaces Aitor Karanka who departed the City Ground on Friday.

O’Neill is expected to work alongside another former Forest player, Roy Keane, who is in talks over joining the club as assistant manager, according to Nottinghamshire Live.

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The 66-year-old served Forest with distinction as a player.

During a ten-year spell with the Reds he played 285 times and scored 48 goals, earning a reputation as one of the finest players to ever play for Forest.

O’Neill was part of the famous Reds team of old that conquered Europe twice; whilst he also won the First Division and the League Cup on two occasions during his time at the City Ground.

The experienced manager has been out of work since leaving his role as Republic of Ireland head coach in November.

In 2016 he led the national team to the last 16 of the European Championships before suffering a narrow defeat to eventual finalists France.

The man worshiped by Forest supporters will need to hit the ground running to prove his club credentials.

O’Neill hasn’t worked in club management since being sacked by Sunderland in 2013.

The Seat Pitch Verdict

O’Neill’s reputation as a player will earn him the utmost respect from the Nottingham Forest supporters.

Ultimately, however, results will determine just how much respect is offered to O’Neill in his role as the Forest boss.

Bringing in Keane could prove a masterstroke.

His arrival would represent another man who appreciates the values of the football club, which looks like a positive step.

The Reds have two home games against Bristol City and Wigan Athletic next up and anything less than six points will leave the Reds’ play-off hopes in tatters.

Having been away from the club scene for so long this appointment does feature an element of risk.

O’Neill will inherit a decent squad of players, however, which does bode well.

The only way to bring his cynics round to the idea of him being the man to lead Forest to the Premier League is by winning football matches.

The experienced manager won’t be under any illusions as to the size of the hand he has been dealt here and a good start would be ideal.

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