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Forest fire burns at the top again as Irish spark has dimmed

Once a hotbed of talent from these shores, Premier League return highlights new reality

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Breakthrough: Roy Keane has always maintained his gratitude to Brian Clough and Nottingham Forest for giving him his chance. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Breakthrough: Roy Keane has always maintained his gratitude to Brian Clough and Nottingham Forest for giving him his chance. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Breakthrough: Roy Keane has always maintained his gratitude to Brian Clough and Nottingham Forest for giving him his chance. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

For some of their supporters, it will be like exiting a time warp, for others a case of restoring the natural order.

Either way, the return to the top flight in England of Nottingham Forest, for the first time in 24 years, offers a more tempting side story for the Premier League season to come, instead of just asking which one of Manchester City or Liverpool will win the two-horse race for the title.


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