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Roy Keane in the mix for Nottingham Forest return as club sack manager Sean O'Driscoll

Former Forest favourite could return to the City Ground after the club’s Kuwati owners fired their coach despite a win.

ROY KEANE IS in line to return to management with former club Nottingham Forest, according to reports in England.

Forest moved to within touching distance of the play-off places in English football’s second tier yesterday thanks to a 4-2 victory over Leeds at the City Ground, but it wasn’t enough to save Sean O’Driscoll’s job.

O’Driscoll, who joined Forest in pre-season, had taken his side to eighth in the table, yet he still paid the price for failing to immediately fulfill the ambitions of joint owners Fawaz Al Hasawi and Abdulaziz Al Hasawi.

Before beating Leeds, Forest had slipped away from the top six after winning just one of their previous six matches. That wasn’t good enough for Forest’s owners, who are determined to restore the club to its former glory.

Keane was in the stands to watch the win over Leeds and this morning and today the Corkman has been installed as the frontrunner to succeed O’Driscoll. The former Ireland skipper moved from Cobh Rambers to Brian Clough’s Forest in the early 90s before his record transfer to Old Trafford.

Chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi said: “We have a responsibility to look to the future for this great club because we have huge ambitions for it.

“We feel we have developed a really strong squad of players but are still searching for consistency in terms of team performance, underlined by the fact that we have not won more than two games in succession in the Championship this season.

“We are looking to bring in an ambitious manager with Premier League experience.”

- additional reporting AFP

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