Johnny Carey was born in Dublin in 1919 and had an impressive footballing career. He had been the inspirational captain of Manchester united, Ireland and the Rest of Europe.
His career as a player had been a winning one and he had collected league championships, an F.A. Cup winners medal and a Footballer of the Year award. He was admired by his peers for his skill, versatility and gentlemanly attitude to the game.
When he finally hung up his boots in 1953 he was considered an ideal candidate to move into management and his first role was at Ewood Park where he would take Blackburn Rovers to the First Division in 1957/58.
Everton watched him with interest and in October 1958 they lured the charismatic Irishman to Goodison Park. He stayed for three seasons, eventually taking them to fifth place in Division One, their highest position since the war. It wasn't good enough for the ambitious blue side of Liverpool and he was sacked.
Carey next moved to Leyton Orient where he took them to the First Division for the only time in their history. The following season Orient were relegated but Forest had watched Carey with interest and they tempted him with an offer to stay in the First Division.
When he arrived at the club he was impressed to find he had inherited some fine young players, including, Storey-Moore, Newton, Hindley and Winfield.
He showed he had a good eye for players as well, making some very good signings, including Baker, Barnwell, Hinton, Hennessey and Wignall.
He didn't cover himself in glory in his first season in charge, finishing in 13th place, four places lower than Beattie had managed the previous season. But in his second season, 1964-65, the imporvement was obvious and Forest finished fifth.
The 1965-66 season saw Forest struggling again and they finished 18th. But 1966-67 was to be the highlight of Carey's Forest career when they finished in second place to Manchester United. They also reached the F.A. Cup semi-final, losing 2-1 to Spurs.
The 1967-68 season saw Forest finish in 11th place, but it also saw Carey make what most consider his biggest blunder in the transfer market - the signing of Jim Baxter for £100,000 in December 1967.
'Slim' Jim Baxter was a talented Scotsman, but he was also, alledgedly, a disruptive influence in the dressing room and rarely showed his talents on the pitch. Things started to turn bad for Carey and by December 1968 Forest were bottom of the table and Carey was sacked.
He went back to Blackburn for another couple of years but it didn't work out. Blackburn were relegated to the Third Division in 1971 and Carey was sacked.
Johnny Carey died on 23rd August 1995, aged 76.