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Collymore puts hand for Nottingham Forest job

Stan Collymore says he's keen on the Nottingham Forest job.

Former Liverpool striker Collymore, 40, who scored 45 goals in 76 games for Forest between 1993-95, would love to see Martin O'Neill take up the reins at the club where he won the European Cup twice as a player.

Yet he suspects O'Neill, out of work since ­he quit Villa at the start of last ­season, wants to make his return with a Premier League side.

Colly, who also had spells at Southend and Aston Villa, told the Daily Star Sunday: "The obvious choice would be O'Neill but I can't see that ­happening.

"I don't think Forest are going to push the boat out enough to make Martin feel it's worthwhile.

"Having been at Celtic, having punched above his weight at ­Leicester City and, of course, Aston Villa, I doubt Martin would want to go to a club fourth from bottom in the Championship.

"At 40 years of age, I believe, ­without a doubt, I've got plenty to offer the game.

"That currently is in broadcasting but do I have the ability to be a ­manager? Damn right I do!

"I'd be a very good manager. Why? Because I've gone through the ups and downs of being a very high-profile player. I've made mistakes but the notion you have to be a whiter-than-white character to manage a club is nonsense.

"I have no idea if Forest will approach me or ask me to apply for the job. But I've always said there are three clubs I would do anything to help - in any way, shape or form. They are Southend, Villa and Forest."

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