Roy Keane has told Sky Sports that the Nottingham Forest team that won the European Cup is one that he would have loved to play in.

During a recent chat with Micah Richards, the duo discussed which teams in history they’d most liked to have played in.

The ex-Forest midfielder was adamant that Brian Clough’s famous miracle men were high on his list.

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Keane is something of a cult hero at Forest; Photo; Shaun Botterill; Allsport; Getty Images

Keane is now a controversial pundit on Sky Sports and he had some kind words for the greatest Forest side in history.

He told Sky Sports: “Nottingham Forest in the late 70s when they won they won the European Cup. Brian Clough was in his prime.

“I played under him, he was amazing, but I can imagine what he was like when he was really, really young, raw, aggressive – winning trophies and league titles.”

Forest gave Keane the chance to begin his career in English football. He checked in at the City Ground from Cobh Ramblers in 1990.

Clough was impressed with the midfielder during a reserve team game and didn’t live to regret signing him.

Keane played 154 times for the Reds helping the club reach the FA Cup Final in 1991.

He also scored 33 goals for the Reds, featuring in a more box-to-box role than he did when he moved to Manchester United.

After moving to Old Trafford he won every trophy possible, scoring 51 goals in 480 appearances for the Red Devils.

Keane was voted by supporters in a poll to discover the club’s greatest ever eleven and is well-respected on Trentside.

In recent times, Keane returned to the City Ground during the 2018/19 campaign, assisting Martin O’Neill who took over as manager.


Who knows what Keane will go onto achieve in football from here.

Clearly he enjoys the media work and perhaps his days inside the dugout are over.

He hasn’t managed a club since leaving Ipswich in 2011 and he would now represent a big risk for any potential employer.

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Keane was the assistant manager at Forest during 2018/19; Photo; James Williamson; AMA; Getty Images

It’s great to hear Keane speak fondly of the Forest of old though and he’s right to make his comments.

Playing for the club at that time must have been superb and their achievement remains one of football’s great stories.

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