Martin O’Neill may have departed Nottingham Forest, but it could be that he is soon reunited with another former Red.

A European Cup winner spent just five months in the City Ground hot-seat.

The decision was taken at the start of pre-season to move in a different direction.

One guided by Sabri Lamouchi.

As a result, O’Neill finds himself out of work.

It remains to be seen whether, at the age of 67, he decides to return to management.

A future away from the dugout may be explored.

And it is already being suggested that he could be lured back to Scotland.

O’Neill spent five productive years with Celtic at the turn of the 21st century.

Could he soon be heading back to Parkhead?


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Well, a director of football post with the Scottish champions is being mooted.

And former Forest midfielder Neil Lennon, who is currently in charge of Celtic, is ruling nothing out.

He has said in the Scotsman of O’Neill: “I hope he gets back in. He’s only in his mid-60s and you know what I think of him as a manager. It’s whether he fancies it.

“Could he come back here in some role? He is fed up of telling me what to do. He’s been doing it for 25 years!

“That would be an interesting one, but it’s not on the horizon.”

Lennon has previously played under O’Neill – at Leicester and Celtic.

It could be that a productive partnership is pieced together in Glasgow.

One similar to that O’Neill forged with Roy Keane.

That partnership has come to a close, with one former Forest favourite walking away from an assistant manager role at the City Ground before another was ushered through the exits.



The Reds moved quickly to fill the void.

Some of the excuses offered up for a change in the dugout are, however, not being bought by Lennon.

It was suggested that O’Neill had lost the support of certain members of his squad.

“I was very surprised. I don’t know where that came from,” Lennon added.

“But it just shows you the rapid nature of it all because there was a new coach in place 20 minutes later.

“Something about that doesn’t sit right with me.

“A player revolt can be an easy excuse. I’m not aware of any evidence of that whatsoever.”

Whatever happened, the page has been turned.

Forest are under new management and piecing together ambitious plans for 2019-20.

O’Neill may well end up doing likewise, but where and in what role remains to be seen.

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