Date: 27th June 2019 at 5:00pm
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Roy Keane recently left his post as Nottingham Forest’s assistant coach, citing a desire to return to management next season. However, the demise of Forest upon his arrival in January and the club’s lack of transfer budget this summer may have also been a factor in his decision.

The Reds suffered torrid form during the second half of last season and it cost them a Championship play-off place. Forest finished ninth in the division with 66 points, suffering four defeats in their last seven games of the campaign.

Between December 8 2018 and April 19 2019 the East Midlands club picked up only six wins from 23 games, drawing five games and suffering 12 defeats – 23 points. Forest picked up 26 points from 19 games under Martin O’Neill (1.37 points-per-game) compared to the 39 points from 27 games (1.44) prior to his arrival.

And after O’Neill and Keane’s collective failure to deliver the playoffs, Forest aren’t likely to spend the money necessary to put it right in 2019/20. It’s hard to blame Keane for jumping ship as next season could be testing for the Reds.

O’Neill had no problem with him leaving, telling the Derry Journal: “I have absolutely no problem with it. I’ve loved working with him it was great. We had some great days working together with the Republic of Ireland and qualification for the European Championships which were fantastic.

“But I think Roy always wanted to go back into management himself and I think he wanted to be his own man which I think he has been for a long time. We’ve had a really great time. He came and he said he would think about it (leaving) when the season was ending, and this is what he wants to do and good luck to him.”

Keane may want to become a manager again, but his failure at Forest and a subsequent lack of funds for transfers must have contributed with the decision. He was tasked with promotion and may not feel that’s possible with only free transfers and loanees being brought in.

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One Reply to “Opinion: Why Roy Keane really left Nottingham Forest this summer”

  • This blog is one of the most drivel ridden blog out there, & nearly always inaccurate, eg. “Forest picked up 26 points from 19 games under Martin O’Neill (1.37 points-per-game) compared to the 39 points from 27 games (1.44) prior to his arrival”

    26pts + 39pts = 65pts but Forest finished on 66pts, so those figures are wrong, in actuality Martin O’Neill secured 27pts. Only 1 point different, I hear you cry, but that changes the ppg’s to 1.42 v 1.44 a difference of a mere 0.02pts per game, or over the course of 46 games (the length of a full season) a whopping 0.92pts, not even a full point, so almost identical form between the two managers, with the major difference being that in the 2nd half of the season the £6m top scorer, Lewis Grabban, was never fully fit & often not available, due to an Achilles injury, as well as the self-requested absence of record £13m signing Joao Carvalho, who suffered loss of form & fitness over the winter, due to over exposure in the first half of the season, the absence of Matty Cash for a period, due to injury, & the absence of nearly the entire defence, upon the new managers arrival.

    Torrid form?

    To be within less than 1 point difference of the previous manager, despite being without over 50% of the first XI might be viewed as “torrid form” by some, but to anyone looking at it dispassionately that’s actually an incredible achievement.

    One of the many reasons that the previous manager walked away was because, aware of Grabban’s injury, & with Karim Ansarifard unavailable, due to international commitments, leaving a 36 year old Daryl Murphy as the only recognised & available out & out striker, & knowing Joao Carvalho needed resting, as Joao Carvalho himself requested & as Aitor Karanka reported to the media & with no adequate back up for him, & with the lack of defenders available, Karanka realised & acknowledged that he was unable to reverse the slump in form he was presiding over, without significant transfer outlay, that the club was neither willing, nor able to commit to.

    As for Roy Keanes departure it has nothing to do with transfer funds, & the true reason has been given & indeed, contrary to this bloggers flawed narrative, due to the meticulous & mercurial transfer activities of Martin O’Neill, despite the overspend of the previous manager, both in terms of transfer fees & wages, on a bloated & imbalanced squad, funds have already been generated (eg. through the sale of Hillal Soudani, & the departures of Apostolos Vellios, Stephen Henderson & Jamie Ward etc.) & will continue to be generated, that will allow investment later in the window.

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