Nottingham Forest have announced today that Roy Keane is the club’s new assistant manager, via the official website.
As a result of Saturday’s win over Wigan, the Reds find themselves just four points off the play-offs. Keane has a wealth of experience in the game which may help them close that gap further over the coming weeks.
In this case, it’s Keane’s previous working relationship with O’Neill which is the most exciting aspect of his arrival. The pair worked together with the Republic of Ireland and were very successful at the 2016 European Championships. It remains to be seen whether they can repeat this sort of success at the City Ground.
However, Keane has also proven in the past that he can produce results on his own. The Irishman has previously managed both Sunderland and Ipswich Town. He will now be looking to help O’Neill end Forest’s Premier League exile.
Keane delighted to be back at the City Ground
Speaking to the club’s official site about his new challenge, he said: “I am happy to be back. I know the manager, he came in a few weeks ago and things moved pretty quickly over the weekend.
“It is nice to get the deal done and get involved this morning with the first session. I am looking forward to it, it is a big challenge and I am ready for it.”
The Reds have an important run of fixtures ahead of them. If they have are looking to secure a play-off place, they will have to improve their current form. Their win against Wigan was just their second win in nine league games.
Hitting the ground running
Keane comes in with a lot of knowledge on the Championship having previously managed at this level. He will be fully aware of how difficult it is to get out of. Having Keane alongside him in the dugout will be a huge boost for O’Neill as he looks to get the Reds back in promotion contention.
Keane admits that the challenge is a tough one, but fully believes he can help O’Neill get the team moving in the right direction. He told the club’s official site: “We will give it a good go, I have huge respect for Martin and the club and it fell into place nicely.
“I have seen the team a number of times over the last year or two and it is going to be tough but hopefully, with one or two signings, a bit of luck we can hopefully be competing.”
Following the announcement of Keane’s arrival, Seat Pitch rounded up exactly what Forest supporters had to say about the 47-year-old.
Like the appointment of Keane. A lot! He’ll say it how it is. And if there is any interference from else where in day to day running of First team affairs. He’ll tell them what he thinks and where to go with it. Roll on #nffc pic.twitter.com/ANYHwt5F8j
— CityGroundShelfSide (@CityGroundShelf) January 28, 2019
People drawing parallels to the job they did with Ireland need to understand that MON and Keane were limited by the pool of players they could choose yet still got them to the Euro’s. It’s not a fair comparison but they still succeeded. #nffc
— Dogs Nob (@dogsnobrob) January 28, 2019
The dressing room probably needs a nutter like Keane to put the players in their place if they play poor/make a costly mistake etc. Someone who isn’t afraid of a bit of straight up honestly #NFFC
— 𝕽 (@CapitalR) January 28, 2019
O’Neill will sort the tactics and Keane will do the shouting 💪👏😂 #NFFC
— Chris Waring (@C_Waring) January 28, 2019
I feel a little less underwhelmed about MON now Keane has arrived. Maybe it’s because he wouldn’t think twice about rollocking.
I can’t wait for him to tell Osborn to stop Cruyff turning at every opportunity #nffc
— steve (@swain108) January 28, 2019
Happy with Keane coming in! Bring in some signings before Thursday and things are looking decent for us. Season not dead yet! 🔴⚪️ #nffc
— Scott Lee Helmkay (@Helmkay6) January 28, 2019