Martin O & # 39; Neill is named Nottingham Forest manager and returns to where he won two European Cups under Brian Clough
- The former player of Nottingham Forest, Martin O & # 39; Neill, is appointed manager
- O & # 39; Neill won the European Cup twice as a player under Brian Clough in Forest
- He will succeed Aitor Karanka, who left his position on the City Ground last week
- Ex-Celtic and Aston Villa boss available since leaving the role of Republic of Ireland
Laurie Whitwell for MailOnline
Martin O & # 39; Neill is ready to become the new manager of the Nottingham Forest in an emotional return to the City Ground for the 66-year-old.
Forest Chiefs went on with a romantic choice to follow Aitor Karanka, 40 seasons after O & # 39; Neill helped win the club's first European cup.
O & # 39; Neill has been unemployed since he left his role in the Republic of Ireland in November and is seen by owner Evangelos Marinakis as the inspiring figure to revive a promotion drive.
The former Irish boss Martin O & # 39; Neill was appointed manager of Nottingham Forest on Tuesday
It is unclear at this stage whether another former Forest player, Roy Keane, will join as an assistant
It is unclear at this stage whether Roy Keane will join as an assistant, although it is considered possible after the couple worked together with Ireland for five years. Keane has his own history with Forest of course, playing under Brian Clough between 1990 and 1993.
It will be O & # 39; Neill & # 39; s first job in club management since being dismissed at Sunderland in March 2013, with the side one point above the relegation zone of the Premier League. He takes over with Forest in the ninth, four points on the play-off places.
Forest wanted to quickly replace Karanka and the 2-0 loss of Reading accelerated the process. There have been discussions with O & # 39; Neill in London and Birmingham and agreement has been reached quickly.
Slavisa Jokanovic and Carlos Carvalhal were also considered, but Marinakis chose O & # 39; Neill, with his bond with the club as a compelling factor.
O & # 39; Neill spent a decade as a player on the City Ground, won the two European Cups, the title of the first division and two League Cups.
O & # 39; Neill (first row, second right) played at Forest for 10 years and won two European Cups