Keane's long time assistant Charlie McParland was also a popular figure at Forest during a brief spell in charge alongside Frank Barlow, when the duo almost guided the club into the play offs in League One.
O'Driscoll was only appointed in July and had lost just six of 24 Championship matches so far this season, leaving them Black Under Armour Shoes
"We feel we have developed a really strong squad of players but are still searching for consistency in terms of team performance, underlined by the fact that we have not won more than two games in succession in the Championship this season," he said.
"And with the January transfer window approaching, we feel it's the right time to make a change. We are looking to bring in an ambitious manager with Premier League experience."
Roy Keane and Roberto Di Matteo top Reds' wish
But Di Matteo could also be a strong contender, with the Al Hasawi family understood to be attracted by the prospect of having a Champions League winning manager in charge.
The 42 year old Italian was sacked by Chelsea only a month ago, after making a stuttering start to the Premier League campaign. But, having steered the club to success over Bayern Munich at the end of last season to be crowned champions of Europe, he left Stamford Bridge with his reputation enhanced and with Blues fans sad to see him go.
But, within hours of the final whistle, Forest were looking for a new boss.
man the opportunity to work in the January transfer window, with chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi revealing this was a key part of the decision to part company with O'Driscoll.
But Keane, 41, also has a promotion on his CV, having steered Sunderland into the top tier of English football and is also firmly in the running, while former Manchester City and QPR boss Mark Hughes is an outside candidate.
you couldn't make it up. i can't begin to describe how this makes me feel numb; cannot comprehend; like relo in 93, or putting the whole team up for sale in 2003 (i think) a bleak 24 hrs in the rollercoaster rice that s our great club. Big Al i hope you are a genius but from here it feels as though you have made a humungous mistake. looking forward to eating humble pie at the end of the season but to be honest i have more chance of winning the lottery (14,000,000 to 1) versus 24 teams in Div 2
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Read how we broke the story last night here.
one point off the top six. His side yesterday produced an outstanding performance, led by two goals from Billy Sharp, in a 4 2 win over Leeds.
The Irishman has been out of work since leaving Ipswich in January 2011 but his Forest past may work in his favour, while he also has top flight Under Armour Shoes Stephen Curry Kids experience with Sunderland.
Di Matteo also has experience in the Championship, having guided West Brom to promotion into the top flight and he also finished third in League One in his only season at MK Dons.
paul72 Can you explain something to me if Harding and Elliot are donkeys how is it you sheep have conceded six more goals than us and lost three more games get a life dumb nuts as for mcleish being iconic your NLN was mentioned but they hadn't heard of him until someone mentioned it is that bloke at Direby that has been in charge for five seasons and they still havent been anywhere near the play offs and before that he was in charge of Burton Albion for two decades and still couldn't get them promoted, so I am afraid paul you are stuck with him to start his next five year plan I suppose it will be the same as the one you have just finished, progress nil and having a pathetic away record, I see you are starting your usual slide towards the bottom six its a bit late this season dont you agree?.
FOREST legend Roy Keane and Champions League winner Roberto Di Matteo will top Nottingham Forest's list of targets after they took the shock decision to sack manager Sean Under Armour Micro G Elevate
Keane, who made his name at the City Ground as a midfielder before moving to Manchester United, was at the game yesterday and is also understood to have been at Vicarage Road to see Forest lose to Watford on Saturday.
The Reds parted company with O'Driscoll last night, at a surprising time, in the aftermath of a 4 2 win over Leeds United that left them within touching distance of the play offs.
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