Collymore:  'Keane and O'Neill should manage Forest - I couldn't give a monkey’s about Irish fans'
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Collymore: 'Keane and O'Neill should manage Forest - I couldn't give a monkey’s about Irish fans'

FORMER Nottingham Forest player Stan Collymore has called for the Ireland managerial partnership of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane to be brought to the club.

Billy Davies was sacked yesterday from the Championship team, and football pundit Collymore believes that the former Forest legends would be an ideal fit for the role despite only recently taking on the Ireland jobs.

“The Forest job has come up, both would get into a Forest all-time XI. Both want to manage day-to-day with players,” he said during his Talksport radio show on Monday night.

“I couldn’t give a monkey’s what Irish fans say in terms of ‘they love the job, steer clear from here’."

He also suggested that club owner Fawaz Al Hasawi should consider paying the FAI a sum to release the pair from their international contracts.

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“He’s (Al Hasawi) got money, the owner,” he said. "I would pay whatever remuneration to the FAI and get Roy Keane working under Martin O’Neill at Nottingham Forest.

“It [managing Ireland] is a part-time job and they didn’t think they were going to get a gig in the short-time.

O’Neill and Keane both enjoyed successful careers playing at Forest, with O’Neill winning the League title, League Cup and European Cup under Brian Clough in his 10 year stint at the club while Keane reached two Cup finals before being joining Manchester United in 1993.