Martin O'Neill Set For Return To Management

Today was an off-day says caretaker Ireland as nine-man Forest lose at Reading

Today was an off-day says caretaker Ireland as nine-man Forest lose at Reading

Martin O'Neill is on the verge of becoming the next manager of Nottingham Forest.

The Guardian's Daniel Taylor reports that O'Neill is set to succeed Aitor Karanka.

There is no news yet whether Roy Keane, the former Forest midfielder who assisted O'Neill with Ireland, will also be moving to the City Ground.

The Spaniard was sacked by Forest last week after just a year in the job. He takes over with Forest in ninth, four points off the play-off places.

They weren't helped by Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Reading, where Simon Ireland had taken interim charge of the Forest team.

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O'Neill was immediately installed amongst the bookies' favourites and had been included on a three-man shortlist, along with former Fulham chief Slavisa Jokanovic and ex Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal.

The Derryman won a First Division championship, a League Cup and two European Cups during his playing career at the City Ground.

Irishman O'Neill enjoyed success with Wycombe, Leicester and Celtic as a manager, before less fruitful spells with Aston Villa and Sunderland.

During the interview process O'Neill impressed Marinakis with his enthusiasm for the challenge, and the Greek businessman is ready to commit more funds in his bid to reach the top-flight after a £25million summer spend.

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