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EX-CELTIC BOSS AXED

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FORMER Celtic boss Martin O’Neill has been sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest.

His assistant Roy Keane quit the Championship side a week ago, insisting he was looking to be a main man elsewhere.

Former Republic of Ireland manager O’Neill, 67, took over in January 2019 after the club parted company with Aitor Karanka.

He guided them to ninth in the league, finishing the campaign eight points outside the play-off places.

Nineteen minutes after O’Neill was handed his P45, Forest announced ex-Rennes Head Coach Sabri Lamouchi as their new gaffer.

A club statement read: “Nottingham Forest can confirm that manager Martin O’Neill has left the club.

“The club would like to thank Martin for all his efforts during his time at The City Ground and wish him well for the future.”

Former Hoops chief O’Neill and ex-Celt Keane spent five years together as Republic of Ireland manager and assistant, prior to their roles at the Midlands outfit.

O’Neill lifted the European Cup in 1979 and 1980 as a player under Brian Clough and won six other honours during his 10-year stay there from 1971-1981.

As a manager, the former Northern Ireland midfielder won seven trophies at Parkhead, including three league titles, and the English League Cup twice with Leicester City.

 
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