Martin O’Neill has the full support of the Nottingham Forest board, which suggests that all future calls this summer will be his.

Speculation continues to rage around the City Ground.

Incomings and outgoings are being mooted.

Some of those rumours are welcome.

Others less so.

Talk of possible arrivals always piques interest and generates lively debate.

Fresh faces are required to improve the collective standard.

Exits are a must to bring numbers down and free up space/funds in the squad.

There are, however, a number of untouchables in the eyes of many Reds fans.

And two of those are being linked with moves elsewhere.


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Joe Lolley is said to be interesting Premier League new boys Aston Villa, with the Daily Mail claiming a £10 million bid could be on the cards.

Losing him would be a crushing blow.

He is, after all, the club’s reigning Player of the Year.

Hopefully that speculation will blow over in time, but there is more gossip which appears here to stay.

With most of that surrounding the mercurial talents of one Joao Carvalho.

A divisive figure that is considered to either be the most talented Forest player of his generation or a lightweight luxury that the Reds can ill afford to carry, depending on whichever side of that particular fence you sit.

The latest talk around the Portuguese suggests that, as reported by SDNA, he could soon be heading to Olympiakos.

Many a spleen has been vented on social media.

Further claims that Forest are seeking to move the 22-year-old out to provide Martin O’Neill with more money to spend have not gone down well.

There is rarely smoke without fire.

Nobody, as yet, has sought to douse those flames.



It would appear that O’Neill is the man with the power to shape the future as he sees fit.

Reds chairman Nicholas Randall has told Sport24 of the Northern Irishman and right-hand man Roy Keane: “They are two excellent people and our cooperation is impeccable.

“I do not think we could find a better team.

“They both love the club and also know they have our support.”

Nobody better and full support – two clear messages from those at the top.

Evangelos Marinakis may own the ship, but O’Neill is steering it.

His effusive praise of Lolley since returning to the City Ground suggests that he will not part with a wand of a left foot without a fight.

Cryptic responses have, however, often been offered when discussing Carvalho.

There has been talk, from both parties, of wanting and expecting more in 2019-20.

Only now has the window been opened, though, and it remains to be seen who will be allowed to slip through it before it slams shut once more on August 8.

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