Former Republic of Ireland and Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill has been appointed as the new manager of promotion chasing Nottingham Forest.
O’Neill is a club legend, having played in their back-to-back European Cup winning side under Brian Clough. He replaces Aitor Karanka, who was sacked last week, following an alledged strained relationship with the club’s hierarchy.
Forest are currently ninth in the Championship, four points off the play-off places. O’Neill has inherited a side which recieved heavy investment last summer, with Lewis Grabban and Joao Carvalho brought in for big money.
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The 66-year-old has certainly experienced a roller-coaster managerial career. After winning two League Cups with Leicester City, he was then snapped up by Celtic, whom he guided to three successive league titles. However, since guiding Aston Villa to three top six finishes, he has since endured a patchy time. Following a frustrating spell at Sunderland, he tried his hand on the international stage.
Despite a last 16 appearance with the Republic of Ireland in Euro 2016, he failed to reach the World Cup in Russia and left the job amid growing criticism of his managerial and playing style.
Forest fans will be hopeful he can now bring the success that everyone craves at the City Ground. O’Neill will have to hit the ground running though, and get the club back involved in the promotion chase, if he’s to avoid being the 11th man to loose his job there since 2011.