On Sunday morning, Nottingham Forest announced the departure of assistant manager Roy Keane after a spell of just five months at the Championship club.
Keane arrived in January to link up once again with Martin O’Neill who he had worked under with the Republic of Ireland for five years.
O’Neill and Keane came in to replace Aitor Karanka at Forest and despite being just six points off the playoffs when the pair arrived, the club ended up finishing in ninth, and eight points off the top six.
Keane’s departure, according to Daniel Taylor of The Guardian is down to him having his own managerial ambitions as he looks to secure a top job for the first time in eight years.
The news of his exit, which Nottingham Forest confirmed on their website this morning, came as a shock to many in the footballing world given the brief period of time he had spent at the club.
Despite the hasty nature of his exit, many Forest fans weren’t too upset at seeing Keane go, with some calling for O’Neill to join him.
Now announce MON gone too please
— Happy Clapper (@hunterhodge1975) June 23, 2019
One down, one to go.
— steve (@swain108) June 23, 2019
Can he take O’Neill with him?
— Riley (@RileyNFFC_) June 23, 2019
Others felt that Keane contributed very little as the Forest assistant boss during his short spell at the club.
Let’s be fair he’s hardly had us playing with passion and giving 100% . He talks a good game but doesn’t contribute much. Hopefully we’ll get someone in who knows modern football.
— LMC (@trickytree19) June 23, 2019
Sorry to say this, but thanks! Best for the club, gave us close to nothing!
— Henrik NFFC Johansen (@henjohansen1) June 23, 2019
Good! No idea what he brought to the table anyway
— Dusty (@psnffc1985) June 23, 2019
Under the pairing of O’Neill and Keane Forest picked up just 24 points from a possible 51 and despite finishing the season strongly with three wins on the spin, a spell of four defeats in a row led to them falling out of playoff contention.
Some Forest fans felt that Keane’s departure was an indication of the struggles at the club.
We’re a sinking ship again
— Martin NFFC Dunn (@dunn_d06210856) June 23, 2019
The joke club of the championship
— Guy Bartle (@yugeltrab) June 23, 2019
Keane’s next move is yet to be confirmed but with the likes of Birmingham City in the Championship and Doncaster Rovers in League One on the lookout for a permanent manager, he may find himself back in a job sooner rather than later.