Roy Keane, Billy Davies & Nigel Adkins set to battle it out for Nottingham Forest manager job

Roy Keane is being strongly linked to the managerial post at Nottingham Forest, who have parted company with Alex McLeish after just 40 days in charge.

Having only taken over at Forest at the end of December, the Scot departed the club after having a ‘difference in understanding of the development strategy’.

It was reported that McLeish was also displeased by the club’s inaction during the January transfer window, having failed to bring in Peterborough’s George Boyd before the deadline date.

In a statement, the former Aston Villa and Birmingham manager said “I am extremely saddened to be leaving after such a short period but even so it has been a privilege to be manager of such a fantastic football club and I want to thank the players, staff and fans for their support and wish Nottingham Forest the best of fortunes ahead,”

Many names are being linked with the vacancy, not least Roy Keane’s. The Cork man joined Nottingham Forest in 1990 from Cobh Ramblers and in his third and final season there, the club named him Player of the Year.

The former Sunderland and Ipswich Town manager is currently third favourite to replace McLeish, behind Nigel Adkins and odds on favourite Billy Davies.

Both men are Championship experts; Adkins lead Southampton to a second place finish in the Championship last year and Davies won the 2007 play-offs with Derby, finishing as runners up in 2005 with Preston North End and reaching the semi-finals in three other years.

The latter is currently being linked with the Blackpool job so it could well be between Adkins and Keane to take over at Nottingham Forest, who are 11th at the moment in the Championship, just six points off a play-off position.


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