Manchester United legend Roy Keane has suggested that the Republic of Ireland job would tempt him back into football management. The 52-year-old’s last job was at Ipswich Town way back in 2011, but he has not ruled out returning to the dugout if the right opportunity presents itself.
Keane was seen as a natural candidate to transition into management upon hanging up his boots in 2006. A vocal and passionate leader on the pitch, the Irishman’s first taste of a top job came at Sunderland.
He spent almost two-and-a-half years at the Stadium of Light, winning 42 of his 100 games in charge before stepping down in December 2008. Just shy of two years at Ipswich followed, and he has not taken charge of another club in the 13 years since.
Having held assistant manager roles with the Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest in the meantime, Keane claims that becoming a head coach again is not something he’s ruled out, and one job in particular would catch his eye.
“It’s got to be the right challenge, the right club, and the right contract,” Keane told Sky Sports’ The Overlap. “I’ve had opportunities, but sometimes you get offered a contract and you have to look at it with self-worth.
“Is it the right deal for you? I’d like to go back in [to management], but I’m not desperate to sign any contract for anybody.”
The Republic of Ireland job is currently vacant, with the FAI opting not to renew Stephen Kenny’s contract after overseeing a poor and unsuccessful qualification campaign for Euro 2024.
Kenny won only six of his 29 matches in charge of the national team. Keane is among the favourites to take the job alongside Lee Carsley, Neil Lennon, Chris Hughton and Anthony Barry.