Sunday 4 December 2016

Forest keen to tempt O'Neill back into club management

Published 16/04/2016 | 02:30

'O'Neill has yet to sign a new contract with the FAI despite indicating that he would be keen to stay on for the World Cup campaign' Photo: Sportsfile
'O'Neill has yet to sign a new contract with the FAI despite indicating that he would be keen to stay on for the World Cup campaign' Photo: Sportsfile

Nottingham Forest have targeted Martin O'Neill in their search for a new manager in the hope that they can tempt the Derry man back to the club where he enjoyed success as a player.

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Local media in Nottingham last night reported that chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi would offer O'Neill full control of team affairs in an attempt to convince him to take the job.

He has parted company with six managers since taking over in 2012 with Dougie Freedman the latest to depart in March.

O'Neill has yet to sign a new contract with the FAI despite indicating that he would be keen to stay on for the World Cup campaign and that has opened up the possibility that he might wait until after the European Championships for a decision.

The 64-year-old turned down an approach from Leicester last summer and has admitted to missing the day-to-day nature of club management but his natural preference would be to work in the Premier League. Forest's volatile reputation and their place in the bottom half of the Championship are unlikely to help any pursuit of O'Neill.

Meanwhile, Harry Arter's Euro 2016 dreams are in jeopardy after Bournemouth said they are unsure if he will return to action before the end of the season.

Irish Independent

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