Nottingham Forest next manager odds: Martin O'Neill ODDS ON to succeed Aitor Karanka
Martin O'Neill has been installed as the new odds-on favourite to become the new Nottingham Forest manager.
The club are on the look-out for their next boss after Aitor Karanka was allowed to leave the club, which confirmed on Friday morning that the Spaniard had requested his release just a year after taking charge. Simon Ireland is taking charge of the team until next manager is appointed.
Forest are still in with a real chance of promotion to the Premiership, buoyed by their recent win over table-topping Leeds United and sitting seventh in the table.
And former Republic of Ireland boss O'Neill favourite among those expected to be in the running to lead that drive towards the Premier League, having overtaken ex-Fulham chief Slavisa Jokanovic in the bookies' stakes.
O'Neill is out of work after leaving his role with RoI in November. The 66-year-old, of course, played for Forest between 1971 and 81, winning the league title and two European Cups under Brian Clough.
The involvement of former Forest midfielder Roy Keane in O'Neill's set-up at the City Ground could strengthen his hand. Keane, of course, was the Kilrea man's number two at RoI and is another Forest golden boy. Keane played for the club between 1990 and 1993, before moving on to Manchester United.
Legendary former Forest manager Brian Clough's son Nigel, currently in charge of Burton Albion, is rated as 12/1 to land the job.
Here are the odds (via Paddy Power):
Martin O'Neill 4/6
Slavisa Jokanovic 13/8
Carlos Carvalhal 7/1
Leonardo Jardim 15/2
Nigel Clough 14/1
Gary Rowett 20/1
Mark Hughes 25/1
David Moyes 25/1
Roy Keane 25/1
Chris Wilder 33/1
Derek McInnes 33/1
Alan Pardew 33/1
Sam Allardyce 33/1
Garry Monk 33/1
Harry Redknapp 50/1
Jose Mourinho 100/1
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