Nottingham Forest boss Martin O’Neill has told the Derry Journal that he believes Roy Keane has what it takes to reignite his managerial career following his City Ground departure.

The former Manchester United midfielder opted to leave his role as O’Neill’s assistant manager on Sunday.

Keane has held a long-term desire to revive his managerial career and has been linked with jobs since leaving Forest.

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The 47-year-old hasn’t managed since leaving Ipswich Town in 2011. In the eight years since he has worked largely with O’Neill for the Republic of Ireland and for six months with Forest last season.

The Reds boss has no qualms with Keane over his departure, however.

He told the Derry Journal: “I have absolutely no problem with him leaving. I’ve loved working with him it was great. We have some great days working together with the Republic of Ireland and qualification for the European Championships which were fantastic.

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“I think Roy always wanted to go back into management himself and I think he wanted to be his own man. He came in and said he would think about it (leaving Forest) when the season was ending and this is what he wants to do, so good luck to him.

“With all the experiences behind him, I think he’ll be a big success again.”

Seat Pitch Summary

It isn’t really a major surprise to see Keane walk away from Nottingham Forest.

Chris Cohen in action during the second half of the EFL fixture between Nottingham Forest and Millwall at The City Ground, Nottingham – 4th August 2017.

Another spell in club football was always going to fuel his desire to be a manager in his own right again.

O’Neill should move quickly to replace the departed assistant manager, however.

Chris Cohen was Jimmy Gilligan’s assistant with the Under-23s last season and the chance to work alongside O’Neill might be ideal for him.

The former Reds midfielder is a fan favourite on Trentside and he’d be a welcome addition to the coaching staff at Forest.

Keane’s tenure back at the City Ground was brief and most supporters will wish him well with his future endeavours.

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