Former Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill looks set for a dramatic return to club management, as he edges closer to becoming the new manager of Championship side Nottingham Forest.
O’Neill left the Irish setup in November following a dismal year with the Boys in Green which saw them win just one game – a friendly against the USA – and suffer relegation from their UEFA Nations League group.
John Percy of the Telegraph is reporting that O’Neill will be unveiled at the City Ground later today as he succeeds previous boss Aitor Karanka who left the club last week.
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) January 14, 2019
O’Neill has a decorated history with the club and was a key part of the Brian Clough side that won the European Cup in 1979 and 1980 and remains a popular figure among the club’s supporters.
Forest have had a solid start to the Championship season and currently sit ninth in the table, just outside the play-off spots.
Previous boss Aitor Karanka left the City Ground with the owners reportedly unhappy with the style of play under the ex-Middlesbrough man.
A statement by the club read: “Aitor Karanka has asked to be released from his contract as the manager of Nottingham Forest Football Club.
“The club have agreed to this request and the terms of departure have been agreed. Both parties wish each other every success for the future.
“There will be no further comment from either party. Simon Ireland will take charge of first-team affairs until a new manager is appointed.”