Martin O’Neill is making an emotional return to Nottingham Forest as their new manager, with the Championship club also hopeful of persuading Roy Keane to join their promotion mission.
O’Neill will be named as Forest’s 11th manager since June 2011 on Tuesday after making a huge impression with Forest officials over the weekend.
The 66 year-old has agreed to return to the club where he spent a decade as a player, winning two European Cups and the First Division title under Brian Clough, and is expected to sign an 18-month deal.
Forest are also in negotiations with former midfielder Keane, who established a close partnership working together with O’Neill with the Republic of Ireland national team, and expect a response on Tuesday morning.
O’Neill quickly emerged as the Championship club’s preferred candidate on a shortlist which also included former Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic and Carlos Carvalhal, after the departure of Aitor Karanka on Friday.
Jokanovic, the former Fulham manager, had been the initial No 1 target but his salary demands, and O’Neill’s enthuasiasm for the post during talks, ensured the Ulsterman jumped to the front of the queue.