Roy Keane linked with Nottingham Forest return but Aitor Karanka hot favourite

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 02 January 2018, 11:10

Former Nottingham Forest player Roy Keane has been linked with a shock return to the club, 25 years after he left the City Ground.

Keane spent three seasons at Forest under Brian Clough, scoring 22 goals in 114 games, before joining up with Sir Alex Ferguson at Man Utd for a then British record £3.75m.

Keane has been working as an assistant manager to Martin O’Neill at the Republic of Ireland since 2013, but could we now see the hot-headed boss return to club management for the first time in seven years…?

Keane can currently be backed at 10/1 (7/1 with one bookmaker) to be the man who replaces the sacked Mark Warburton, however at the moment all fingers point to Aitor Karanka who is now the odds-on favourite for the Championship post.

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The former Middlesbrough manager has been linked with a plethora of clubs since leaving his position back in March, including West Brom and Swansea, however he’s yet to return to the dugout. Although last week the Spaniard told The Times that he’s keen to take up another job in England:

“I want to develop a good project. I’d like to stay in England. My family is really comfortable here.”

Karanka previously worked under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, before venturing solo with Middlesbrough in 2013. He went on to lead Boro into the Premier League but then lost his job last season - after three-and-a-half-years - following a 10 game winless run.

Other names in the frame include Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom, Gus Poyet who was most recently in China with Shanghai Shenhua, and Burton’s Nigel Clough (all 10/1), while former Reds gaffer Nigel Clough is a 10/1 shot. Elsewhere, Simon Grayson can be backed out at 20/1.

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