Roy Keane has qualified his comments from earlier this week, - where he said he may be open to a club move after Euro 2016 - telling reporters last night 'I probably shouldn't have said it.'
As reported by Independent.ie, the Irish assistant manager was speaking at the PFAI awards ceremony, adding:
Our contract takes us up to the summer and a lot depends on what Martin wants to do.
If Martin does want me to stay on, it would be hard to say no because I’m a loyal person.
While he may sound a little less likely to move on from Ireland now, he still pointed out that he definitely wants to return to management but the timeline for such a move may be longer than expected.
I’m still only 44 and not looking to jump ship. The grass isn’t always greener.
I do want to get back in the ring and make the big calls. That could be two or four years away. And you get more money as the manager!
No doubt, Keane - barring disaster - will be in the running to replace O'Neill whenever he does decide to leave so perhaps a couple more years in the background would not be the worst decision for his management career.