Sky Sports in huge setback as Keane eyes managerial return

Roy Keane wants to leave his Sky Sports spot and return to management for the first time in a decade.

Having not managed since ending his spell at Ipswich in 2011, it was thought that Keane had no interest in pursuing that side of his career.

The 49-year-old has been an assistant manager to Martin O’Neill at Republic of Ireland and Nottingham Forest and with Paul Lambert at Aston Villa since, while also reprising his role as a Sky Sports pundit.

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But The Sun on Sunday report him as ‘itching’ to ‘get the day-to-day involvement at a club that he is missing’.

They do not clarify whether that is as an outright manager or an assistant again elsewhere, but it is made clear that Keane does not wish to settle down into his position with Sky Sports and sees his future in coaching.

The Athletic reported recently that the Irishman had been back at Manchester United’s Carrington training centre in some capacity to talk to the youth players at his former club.

‘Former players, from Roy Keane to Ryan Giggs, are brought in to speak to young players about their experiences,’ the article stated.

Sky Sports will hope not to lose one of their most warm and affectionate pundits.

But the coaching world will be happy to welcome back a man who once referred to an injured player as “a f**king p***k” and a “c***” for not being able to train.


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