Report explains what Marinakis has told O'Neill about Nottingham Forest's transfer plans

Martin O'Neill, coach of Republic of Ireland gives instructions during the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Iceland at Aviva Stadium on March 28, 2017 in Dublin,...

Martin O'Neill is reportedly set for a shock return to Nottingham Forest after the Championship club bid farewell to Aitor Karanka.

Martin O’Neill, Manager of The Republic of Ireland salutes the crowd after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D  Qualifier between Wales and Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium on...

Well this came out of the blue. Slavisa Jokanovic, Carlos Carvalhal and Paulo Sousa appeared to be the front-runners to take over at Nottingham Forest but, in a surprise twist, it seems Martin O’Neill is now on the verge of an emotional return to the City Ground.

The 66-year-old is a legend in the East Midlands, having played a major role as Forest won the European Cup in 1979 and 1980 under Brian Clough.


And, according to the Guardian, O’Neill will now be hoping to follow in Clough’s footsteps, with Nottingham Forest confident of securing a deal that would see the Irishman take over from Aitor Karanka with immediate effect.

The report adds that owner Evangelos Marinakis was ‘blown away’ by O’Neill’s energy and drive to succeed at the club where he made his name. And it seems that Marinakis is keen to back his new manager in the transfer market, with a dream return to the Premier League on the line.

owner Evangelos Marinakis of Olympiacos (l) during the UEFA Champions League group D match between FC Barcelona and Olympiacos on October 18, 2017  at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona,...

It is understood that the Greek businessman will make ‘significant transfer funds’ available, giving O’Neill the chance to put his stamp on a side made up of experienced Championship campaigners and technically gifted imports.

O’Neill might have left his job at the Republic of Ireland under a cloud but a stellar record at club level, including huge successes with Leicester, Celtic and Aston Villa, cannot be questioned.

Head coach Martin O'Neill of Ireland reacts during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Serbia and Ireland at stadium Rajko Mitic on September 5, 2016 in Belgrade.

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