Despite his much publicised recent fall outs in the Ireland squad, assistant manager Roy Keane has revealed that he still intends to return to club management at some point.
Keane did not give any hints as to which clubs he would like to manage but did admit that he would like to return to management soon:
This idea I’d be looking at a club and thinking, ‘I fancy that one’ – I don’t work that way, I don’t network. I just focus on the job in hand and that’s a big one with Ireland. But hopefully soon I’d like to become a manager again.
It’s just getting that offer and challenge that will rock my boat.
The former Manchester United captain was pragmatic about what level of job would be available to him, stating that he is not holding out for a job in the Premier League but that a job in the Championship would be realistic:
I’d be realistic, it’s hardly going to be a Premier League offer, realistically in the Championship. But there are a lot of brilliant clubs there.
There’s no doubt in my mind that I could go in there and get a club promoted, with the right support. It would depend on the club and the people involved.
The 47-year-old has had a mixed career as a manager. Keane got Sunderland promoted to the Premier League in his first year at the club, but stepped down as manager the following December after a string of poor results. The Cork man then went to Ipswich but was again relieved of his duties after 11 months in charge with the Tractor Boys languishing in 19th place in the Championship.