Saturday 21 October 2017

Bhoys better back off – Ireland and Keane have a road to travel just yet

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during squad training ahead of their international friendly against Italy on Saturday
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during squad training ahead of their international friendly against Italy on Saturday

Ger Gilroy

Maybe it's the frequency of how often we get exposed to Roy Keane now, both on ITV and on Ireland duty, or perhaps it's the coincidence of the jobs that have been available this summer so far, but it seems apparent that the rehabilitation of Keane the manager is well under way.

When he left Ipswich, the stories from players and administrators suggested it would be a lifetime before Keane was linked in a meaningful way with a real job in England – or at Celtic for that matter.

It turns out three years is a lifetime in football and Keane was suddenly back in the conversation when the Celtic job became free. And but for the continuing and huge presence of Ferguson at United, he may well have been in the running for the sidekick role to Van Gaal.

No harm. Hopefully, he'll resist the urge to jump too soon. Ireland and Keane have a road to travel yet.

Irish Independent

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