Keane famously had his issues with the FAI during his playing career, when he quit the 2002 World Cup squad during the tournament after a falling out with Mick McCarthy. But Lambert believes that any issues have since subsidised and the only question is whether Keane would be interested in taking the job, which would clash with his punditry duties for Sky Sports and ITV.
“It’s all changed, I think, at the top of the FAI, from when Roy was a player. It’s a new regime, a clean sheet, really, so I don’t think there’d be any problems there,” Lambert added.
“You won’t know how he’ll do until you give him a chance. He was there as Martin [O’Neill]’s assistant, he knows the Irish fans, he understands the expectation, he knows how it works. It would be a really interesting one, if he did get asked, whether he’d take it or not…”