With Roy Keane having vacated his role as assistant manager of Nottingham Forest, who will step in and fill the void?

Various candidates have already been mentioned.

Many of them familiar names to Reds supporters.

Having brought in Martin O’Neill and Keane, why not stick with the former favourites theme?

Plenty would buy into that way of thinking.

Chris Cohen would be the pick for many.

The ex-captain has cut his coaching teeth in a famed academy system and could, at just 32 years of age, be ready for a step up the ladder.

Not everybody, though, is in favour of promotion from within.

Reds legend Kenny Burns has said in the Nottingham Post: “People are automatically going to say give it to Chris Cohen, but it’s too soon for Chris. He’s only had one season coaching the under-23s so for me, he should do that for a couple more years and then take his next step.

“He’s so highly regarded at the City Ground that there is no rush for him to step up. It would be better for him to keep working with the young lads.


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“It will make them better players and it will make him a better coach. There is a great opportunity to learn from the top men in the academy – Gary Brazil and Jimmy Gilligan – as well as Martin O’Neill and the people from the senior set-up.

“I don’t know who Martin will want, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he goes for someone experienced.”

So, somebody who has already spent time in a managerial post.

How about Jack Lester?

The former Forest forward, like Cohen, took in a spell working within the Reds’ youth system upon hanging up his boots.

He then took in a largely forgettable stint as boss of Chesterfield.

Does that flop work against him?

In the eyes of Burns it does.

He added in the Post: “Jack Lester might be another name in the frame given his connections to Forest as a player and coach in recent times.

“It doesn’t have to be someone who was a Forest player and I’m not convinced Jack is the man for the job.

“He had a really tough time as a manager at Chesterfield, but he did a really good job as Forest’s under-23s coach to be fair.

“In a way, Jack is a cautionary tale for Chris Cohen. Managing Chesterfield must have been a chastening experience.

“For Chris, it might be a case that the grass isn’t always greener considering he’s got the perfect job within the club to learn his trade as a coach.”

Fair points, but there are easy counter arguments.


Cohen will need to get more experience at some stage and he would not be taking the first-team reins this summer.

Merely assisting O’Neill.

Lester, meanwhile, is deserving of another chance.

As Keane now believes he is going to get.

The Irishman struggled in a couple of top jobs before slotting in alongside O’Neill.

Why couldn’t Lester start rebuilding from a similar position?

This is not to say that either of those mentioned above should be approached about the job, it just seems wrong to write them off.

Forest, despite pre-season now being upon us, have the benefit of time on their side.

They have no need to rush the appointment of Keane’s successor.

And with that in mind, all options should be considered.

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