Former Republic of Ireland and Nottingham Forest player Andy Reid believes that Martin O’Neill is the right man to replace Aitor Karanka at the City Ground.

O’Neill has been confirmed as the new Forest manager today after Karanka left his post as the club’s manager on Friday.

O'Neill, who was dismissed as Republic of Ireland boss on 21 November, held two days of talks with Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis in Birmingham and London before finalising a deal.

The Derryman won a First Division championship, a League Cup and two European Cups during his playing career at the City Ground and former Forest player Reid believes that O’Neill is a natural fit for the club.

"It seems to me that it’s a really good fit," he told the BBC. "It’s a good time in Martin’s career to come here with Forest in need of a little bit of an upturn.

"On the face of it, it seems a really good fit but football boils down to ‘are you going to get results?’, and that’s what it will boil down to.

Martin O'Neill in action for Forest back in 1979

"Can he galvanise the team and get them moving forward in the right direction? Because let’s not forget, they’re only four points off the play-offs, they could easily make that up in the Championship.

"There’s some good players there, some really top players and the owners have been willing to put their money where their mouths are and back the managers who have been there.

"It’s exciting times for Forest really. It was a bit disappointing after Karanka left but there’s a lot of excitement in the air I think now."

While Reid admits that expectations will be high at Forest, given the club’s illustrious history, he believes that O’Neill will be more than able to deal with that.

"It’s really, really big club and it’s a club that deserves to be back up in the Premier League but there’s a lot of clubs in the Championship who will claim the same thing.

"There’s been plenty of different owners as well which hasn’t really helped, but that’s a problem you get more and more in football.

"It comes as part and parcel of football and Martin will understand that. What it means now is, can he get the three points on a Saturday? If you get that everybody is happy and everything else is forgotten."