Tuesday 24 October 2017

Roy Keane in the frame to take-over as manager at Nottingham Forest

Roy Keane
Roy Keane

ROY Keane is in the frame today to replace Steve Cottrill at his old club, Nottingham Forest.

The former Forest midfielder has been out of work since leaving Ipswich in January 2011.

Nottingham Forest's new owners decided to part company with manager Cotterill today.

Cotterill leaves just nine months into the three-and-a-half-year deal he signed when replacing former England head coach Steve McClaren in October.

But former Manchester United and Ireland captain Keane faces tough competition for the job at the City Ground. Also in the running are:

HARRY REDKNAPP

Maybe a little ambitious for the club's new owners. Redknapp was linked with the England job and has more recently been named as a contender to become the national coach of Russia since leaving Tottenham this summer.

However, Redknapp likes a challenge and if the Al-Hasawi family are willing to recruit the players capable of taking Forest up, perhaps Redknapp's head could be turned.

ALEX McLEISH

McLeish, who is currently out of work after being sacked by Aston Villa at the end of last season, has experience of winning promotion from the Championship after guiding Birmingham to the Premier League in 2009.

Birmingham also won the League Cup under McLeish's stewardship and the Scot is thought to have admirers among the new-look Forest board.

MICK McCARTHY

McCarthy was sacked by Wolves at the end of last season following relegation from the Premier League after almost six years in charge at Molineux.

The Yorkshireman has proved his credentials at Championship level, guiding Sunderland and Wolves to the Premier League as champions in 2005 and 2009 respectively.

DARREN FERGUSON

Has achieved unparalleled success at Peterborough in recent years, steering the club to successive promotions to the Championship with second-place finishes in 2008 and 2009.

A forgettable year at Preston followed before he returned to London Road in January 2011, where four months later he would seal a third promotion with Posh and get them back in the second tier via the play-offs.

Was linked with the Forest job earlier this month.

KARL ROBINSON

The MK Dons boss is another to have already previously been linked with the Forest job.

Robinson's record with the Dons in League One since his appointment in the summer of 2010 - consecutive fifth-placed finishes and subsequent play-off campaigns - prompted the Forest board to court the 31-year-old in October before they plumped for Cotterill.

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