Ending of one of the greatest bromances of the modern era, Roy Keane has broken his partnership with Martin O'Neill by walking away from his role as assistant manager at Nottingham Forest.
The news came as a bit of a shock when it broke earlier today, with there being very little previous indication that Keane would be on his way. While things had not gone all that well for Forest over the second half of the season, it had been expected the Corkman would be back for pre-season.
It has been speculated that Keane is now on the hunt for a managerial position of his own, seeking his first role as a number one since he left Ipswich Town in 2011.
But what if he was offered a different role, one at the club he was a key part of during the most successful period in the club's history? We are of course talking about Manchester United.
When the news broke of Keane's availability, it was not long before some United fans voiced their hope that their former captain would return to the club in some capacity. Keane has been a vocal critic of the culture currently present in the United dressing room, something he wouldn't be long about sorting out were he to return to Old Trafford.
I would take Roy Keane at UNITED in a heartbeat
— Ian McLoughlin (@_16ian) June 23, 2019
Roy keane leaving Forrest, imagine lingards face if he was announced as assistant manager at united pic.twitter.com/MSjg4pVR4N
— lynchy (@stephenlynch81) June 23, 2019
Get Roy Keane on the Manchester United coaching staff now!!
— GAZ (@CoughlanGary) June 23, 2019
Never even thought of it before but united NEED Roy Keane back at the club to sort all those spicer wannabes out
— Pól (@PaulOGrady_1) June 23, 2019
#MUFC Roy Keane has left his assistant manager role at Nottingham to pursue management, would love to see him as assistant at united but hope he finds a good club to manage
— Manchester United Discussion (@UnitedWeStand08) June 23, 2019
— Man Utd Fans (@United4fans) June 23, 2019
Roy Keane to united as director of football 😳#mufc make it happen sort the deadwood out and give ole the hand he needs
— @miniminers2 (@miniminers2) June 23, 2019
Please bring Roy Keane back to United as a coach!
— Michael (@Honest_5591) June 23, 2019
Somebody get Roy Keane to give the United players a dose of reality. Actually while you’re at it, nut Ed Woodward one too. #mufc 😂
— The United Channel (@UtdChannel) June 23, 2019
I would happily take Roy Keane in united backroom staff, hes the type of dickhead we need to sort the players out
— Aadil (@Aadil_Hanif) June 23, 2019
Of course, this seems unlikely to happen. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already has his coaching staff in place, and there doesn't seem to be room for a personality as big as Keane's. The man himself also wants to be a number one again.
Still, we'd love to see this happen.
However, there was one person that was worried for the safety of all involved should this move come to fruition.
Roy Keane has left his job at Forest.
Before people link him with a role at United... Just remember, if that did happen, he would be serving 8-16 years for manslaughter after one week in and around that dressing room.
— ManUnitedTalk (@ManUnitedTalk) June 23, 2019