Keane (left) and O'Neill during their time in the Irish national team. Image - PA Wire.

After much speculation, famed Irish midfielder, Roy Keane, has agreed a deal to become Nottingham Forest’s new assistant manager, which will see him continue a working relationship with the team’s boss Martin O’Neill.

Following the appointment of O’Neill two weeks ago, rumours and speculation have circulated that Keane would join the team’s managerial roster. After attending Forest‘s 3-1 home win against Wigan Athletic on January 26, Keane arrived at the Championship side’s training ground two days later to agree on final details for the role.

His return is significant for the Reds and its fans as Keane was one of Forest’s best signings, joining from Cobh Ramblers in 1990 for £47,000. The Irishman appeared for the club 154 times, scoring 33 goals.

“Over the years when they start picking the best teams of all time, he will be in there.”

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Then, in 1993, Keane switched from playing at City Ground to Old Trafford, for £3.75m, a record transfer at the time. During his time at Manchester United, he helped win 17 major trophies. He signed for Celtic in 2006, before announcing his retirement in June of that year after medical advice

At the time of his retirement, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Over the years when they start picking the best teams of all time, he will be in there.”

After his retirement from playing football professionally, Keane set his eyes on managerial roles. He was the boss of Sunderland and Ipswich Town before becoming Aston Villa’s assistant manager in 2014.

In 2013, Keane joined the Republic of Ireland’s national team as their assistant manager, second only to O’Neill. Together they led Ireland to the knockout stages of Euro 2016.

The pair stepped down from their national roles in 2018 and are set to work together again in an effort to end Forest’s 26-year absence from the Premier League.