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Roy ready for Reds challenge

28 January 2019

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Roy Keane is delighted to be back at Nottingham Forest having been confirmed as the club’s new assistant manager.

The former midfielder returns to The City Ground having played over 100 times in the Garibaldi and is eager for the challenge ahead as part of Martin O'Neill's backroom staff.

He said: "I am happy to be back. I know the manager, he came in a few weeks ago and things moved pretty quickly over the weekend. It is nice to get the deal done and get involved this morning with the first session.

"I am looking forward to it, it is a big challenge and I am ready for it.

"It is good to be back and it will probably take a couple of days to get back in the swing of things. Obviously, I had great memories of my career here as a player, the club gave me my chance and I will always remember them for that.

"But it is a different challenge now and I am in a different position coaching the players. I am looking forward to it, a huge challenge ahead and 20 years out of the Premier League. It will be tough but I am looking forward to it."

Keane said he is looking forward to working alongside Martin O'Neill again, with the pair having worked together in the Republic of Ireland set-up, as The Reds aim to push for promotion.

He said: "There are a lot of big clubs in the Championship fighting to get out of it. When Martin got the job and gave me a shout, I thought that once a few things fell into place I'd be ready for it.

"We will give it a good go, I have huge respect for Martin and the club and it fell into place nicely. I have seen the team a number of times over the last year or two and it is going to be tough but hopefully, with one or two signings, a bit of luck we can hopefully be competing."

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