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Simon Grayson explains why Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill reminds him of Brian Clough

coach Martin O Neill of Republic of Ireland  during the  UEFA Nations league match between Denmark  v Republic of Ireland  at the Ceres Park on November 19, 2018 in Aarhus

Nottingham Forest recently appointed Martin O'Neill as their new manager.

Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough (R) and assistant Peter Taylor look on before the 1980 European Cup Final between Hamburg SV and Nottingham Forest at Santiago Bernabau Stadium on...

Sky Sports pundit Simon Grayson has stated that new Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill is 'very much like' club legend Brian Clough.

Former defender Grayson played under O'Neill at Leicester City and he revealed that his 'aura' around the place reminded him of the two-time European Cup winner.

O'Neill played under Clough when Forest were at the peak of their powers during the '80s as he will be looking to guide the Midlands side back to the promised land.


Looking back on his own experiences with O'Neill, Grayson explained why his former manager reminded him of Clough as he also offered his thoughts on his return to club management. 

"Knowing Martin like I do, playing underneath him at Leicester, he was very much like Brian Clough," Grayson told EFL Matters on Sky Sports on 17/01/2019 at 7:10 pm.

"You won't see him early part of the week and then he'd come in. But he had the aura around him and training would suddenly increase by 10, 15 per cent - Nottingham Forest legend and he will be looking to take them back to the Premier League."

Glasgow , United Kingdom - 20 May 2018; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during Scott Brown's testimonial match between Celtic and Republic of Ireland XI at Celtic Park in...

Forest announced on their official website this week that former Aston Villa manager O'Neill was replacing Aitor Karanka in the hot seat as he described the opportunity to manage the club as an 'honour' and a 'privilege'.

His first game in charge will be against in-form Bristol City at the City Ground on Saturday as Forest will be hoping to close the gap on the Championship's top-six.

During his career as a club manager, O'Neill has managed the likes of Villa in the Premier League and Celtic to numerous titles in Scotland's top-flight. 

Cork , Ireland - 25 September 2018; Republic of Ireland & Celtic Legends manager Martin O'Neill and John Hartson discuss penalty takers during the Liam Miller Memorial match between...

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