Byline: FRANK JOHNSTONE
WHEN old Big 'Ead was top of the tree at Forest you had to scout through the undergrowth to unearth a branch of Irish football.
There was, famously, Brian Clough's signing of Roy Keane from Cobh Ramblers in 1990 and the less-heralded purchase of Limerick-born Tommy Gaynor from Doncaster.
But otherwise Irish talent was virtually ignored during Clough's 19-year reign as soccer's sheriff of Nottingham.
These days, however, it's impossible to visit Forest's training ground without tripping over an Irish footballer.
In fact boss David Platt has a complete team of 11 Republic players on his staff at the City Ground. …