Nottingham Forest have distanced themselves from talk of a move for Leeds United boss Steve Evans amid claims that Martin O’Neill is their favoured choice for the manager’s job at the City Ground.
Evans has been heavily linked with the vacant role at Forest and is understood to have been approached by a Championship club late last month, shortly after the Nottingham side parted company with Dougie Freedman.
Forest, however, told the Nottingham Post that they had not been in contact with Evans, whose future at Elland Road is up in the air with two matches of the season to go and his contract due to expire in June.
The 53-year-old will be in the market for a new job if United owner Massimo Cellino decides not to renew his deal and Evans has been linked with Forest, Celtic and Peterborough United in the past four weeks.
But Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi is believed to have identified O’Neill has his preferred option.
O’Neill, a former Forest player and European Cup winner at the City Ground, is preparing to take the Republic of Ireland to this summer’s European Championship in France but his contract runs out after that tournament and he is yet to agree an extension.