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Martin O'Neill Wants 'Tough To Handle' Keane At Forest

Martin O'Neill Wants 'Tough To Handle' Keane At Forest
By PJ Browne

Martin O'Neill says that he would love to see Roy Keane join him at Nottingham Forest.

O'Neill was confirmed as the new Forest boss on Tuesday.  It was reported earlier in the week that Roy Keane, assistant to O'Neill during his time as Ireland manager, could be joining his former boss.

"I would dearly like him to join us, this has happened very quickly and he has a number of things to sort out himself and we’ve had some discussions here," O'Neill said at a press conference on Thursday.

Just as O'Neill has returned to the club where he won two European Cups, it would similarly be a return to the City Ground for Keane. The 47-year-old began his English football career at Forest after joining from Cobh Ramblers in the summer of 1990.

I’d like him to join if that’s the case, there’s a spot open for him and I’m hoping that may happen. It may not, he has a number of things to consider himself, personally and professionally, but he will keep me informed.

He’s tough to handle, there’s no doubt about that, but that’s what makes him special – but he was a special footballer, drove Manchester United for 10 years and he didn’t do that by sitting around.

O'Neill's first game as Forest manager is on Saturday at home to Bristol City.

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