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Nottingham Forest betting update: Roy Keane touted for surprise return, Lennon linked

Nottingham Forest will be looking for a new manager this summer following the sacking of Dougie Freedman.

Nottingham Forest confirmed on their official website earlier this month that Dougie Freedman has been sacked as their manager, with Paul Williams taking charge until the end of the season.

Freedman, who was appointed in February 2015 following the departure of Stuart Pearce, won 33% of his games as Forest boss, working under difficult circumstances with the club's Financial Fair Play problems.

However, after a run of five defeats in his last six games, Freedman has now gone, leaving Forest to search for another manager this summer, given that Williams is merely overseeing matters until the end of the season, with a draw and a defeat from his two games in charge so far.

Bookmakers have been pricing up odds for who could become Forest's permanent manager this summer, with odds compiled here by Oddschecker. Here are some of the recent movers in the market...

Neil Lennon

The Northern Irishman left Bolton Wanderers last week, and may look to take a short break from football after a testing job at the Macron Stadium. The 44-year-old made 18 appearances in just over six months as a player for Forest, and has now been moved to 6/1 to become the club's new manager with bookmakers.

Roy Keane

This is one of the more interesting links. Currently assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national team, Keane may be looking for a return to management this summer, having not been the full-time manager of a team since leaving Ipswich in 2011. Also 44, Keane racked up more than 150 appearances for Forest before leaving for Manchester United in the 1990's, and is now as short as 10/1 to make a shock return to the City Ground.

Nigel Clough

The son of Forest legend Brian Clough and an outstanding player for Forest in his own right, Clough is currently impressing in League One with Burton Albion, with the Brewers edging closer to promotion to the Championship. His history with Derby County - much like his father - is unlikely to count against him, and now as short 7/2, Clough could be a frontrunner for the job.

Steve Clarke

Sacked by Reading back in December 2015, Scot Clarke appears to be another man that can be added to the list of highly regarded coaches who have struggled as managers. The 52-year-old won just under 36% of his game in charge of Reading and would hardly be an appointment to inspire excitement at the City Ground, but he's now as short as 10/1.

Tim Sherwood

A free agent since leaving Aston Villa back in October, Sherwood has been working as a pundit over the last few months and could be tempted back into management this summer. Clearly dealt a poor hand at Villa, Sherwood will be looking to prove himself in his next role, and there's an outside chance that could be at Forest, with odds as short as 16/1 on him replacing Freedman.

Who would you like to see become the new Forest manager?

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