Roy Keane looked all set to return to management with Sunderland over the last couple of weeks, with the League One club said to have been keen to reunite with the Irishman that first managed the club back in 2006.
It seemed like a good fit for all involved. Sunderland were badly in need of a jolt in their quest to get promoted to the Championship, while the Cork man was keen to return to management having not taken charge of a club in over a decade.
However, the two sides could not come to a deal. Roy Keane remains a football pundit.
It was suggested that Keane turned down an offer from the club due to contractual issues. That seems to have been the case.
Roy Keane reveals why he rejected Sunderland offer
Speaking at The Overlap Live in Manchester, (via Mail Sport) Roy Keane said the terms offered by Sunderland were not enough to tempt him into taking the job.
I've said it before. The deal has to be right for everyone.
It didn't fall into place last week. It wasn't meant to be.
Everything has to be right. The right challenge. The right contract. You have to fancy it.
I've not had that opportunity the last few years. There has not been a club where I think, "I'm the right fit for that club".'
If I don't get another chance, it's no big deal.
You need a bit of luck. The right club has to give you the call. That hasn't happened. It's no big deal.
Roy Keane may say he is keen to return to management, although it is difficult to see where that opportunity will come from now. It seems highly unlikely that any job better than the Sunderland one will be offered to him in the near future.
The former Ireland captain seems comfortable in his role as a pundit and it sounds as though he will be remaining in that for now.