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Stan Collymore calls for O'Neill and Keane to be appointed at Nottingham Forest

“The owner has the money, so I would pay the Irish FA and get Martin O’Neill in as manager with Roy Keane as his assistant.”

O'Neill and Keane have only recently been appointed to the Ireland set-up.
O'Neill and Keane have only recently been appointed to the Ireland set-up.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST SHOULD appoint Ireland duo Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill to form part of their management team according to the view of former player Stan Collymore.

Speaking on Talksport, Collymore said the club needs ‘Nottingham Forest people’ to bring it forward.

“I think the owner has to take a step back for a couple of days now, and I think Nottingham Forest need to employ Nottingham Forest people,” he said.

“When you create a feel-good factor around a football club with people who have been there and have an identity at the club, it provides all the building blocks for moving forward.

“Over the years they’ve had Ron Atkinson, Dave Bassett, Steven McClaren and they’ve had Alex McLeish — who I don’t think are Nottingham Forest men and are certainly not associated with any of the club’s success.”

He added that the club should pay the FAI to release Keane and O’Neill from their contracts.

“The owner has the money, so I would pay the Irish FA and get Martin O’Neill in as manager with Roy Keane as his assistant.

“O’Neill is a proven at the top level and being Ireland manager is a part-time job, both men didn’t think they would get another managerial job at the time, so they took it.

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“Now the Forest job has come up, both of them would get into an all-time Forest XI, both want to manage day-to-day with players and they’re not getting that at the moment.

“Forest need to appoint people who have a heart for the club, they’ve taken a million gambles with a million different managers since Brian Clough and Frank Clark and most of them haven’t worked.”

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