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O’Neill would “dearly like” Keane at Forest

Martin O’Neill wants Roy Keane as part of his background team at Nottingham Forest.

O’Neill replaced Aitor Karanka as manager of the Championship club earlier this week, and would like his former assistant manager to join him at the City Ground.

Keane served as the 66-year-old’s number two with the Republic of Ireland, and O’Neill has described the former Forest midfielder as “special”, and a “great asset”.

“I would like him to join us,” O’Neill said in his first press conference as Forest manager yesterday.

“Since this has happened very quickly, he has a number of things to sort out himself.

“We’ve had talks here, I would genuinely like him to, there’s a spot open for him.

“It might happen, might not, he has a number of things to consider. He will keep me informed.

“He was a great asset to me at the Republic of Ireland, tough to handle, there’s no doubt about it, but you know that about him, that’s what makes him special.”

Forest face Bristol City tomorrow in O’Neill’s first game at the helm.

The club are currently ninth in the Championship table, four points off the play-off places.

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