Report: Fawaz Al-Hasawi dreamed of placing Martin O'Neill in charge of Nottingham Forest

Martin O'Neill

Nottingham Forest are continuing their search for a new manager.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

According to a report in the Nottingham Post, Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi had dreamed of making Martin O’Neill his side’s new manager.

Forest have been on the hunt for a new boss to replace Dougie Freedman for some time now.

Martin O'Neill

Paul Williams was placed in caretaker charge towards the back end of last campaign, but he was dispensed with at the end of the season.

Forest were expected to make a fairly quick appointment this summer, but they are still, seemingly, not even close to finalising a deal.

Forest had originally gone after Gus Poyet, but he moved to Real Betis instead, and Al-Hasawi then had wished to put O’Neill in charge.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill

However, O’Neill has just signed a new contract with the Republic of Ireland, which is thought to have been a major blow for Al-Hasawi.

O'Neill had originally told Forest that he would not consider his future until after Euro 2016, but he appears to have outlined his commitment to Ireland now. 

Forest are continuing their search for a new boss, with Oscar Garcia and Neil Warnock both still possible targets, according to the Post.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill arrives for the press conference

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