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'I still harbour club ambitions' - Roy Keane reveals he turned down club offers to remain with Ireland

John Brennan

Published 17/11/2015 | 12:16

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill celebrates with assistant manager Roy Keane at the final whistle.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill celebrates with assistant manager Roy Keane at the final whistle.

Roy Keane revealed this morning that he has had offers form clubs to get back into daily football management, but turned them down to stay with Martin O'Neill and Ireland.

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"Martin (O'Neill) knows I still have that ambition to manage at club level," he said at a Press Briefing after the win over Bosnia.

"I'm planning to meet him in the next few weeks to sort things out, things have come up over the last while, but I've just concentrated on my job and we'll talk to the FAI soon. Contracts have been the last thing on our minds over the last few weeks.

Keane also confirmed that he and the rest of the management team will be looking at players not now in the squad.

Ireland's striker Jonathan Walters (C) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal from a penalty
Ireland's striker Jonathan Walters (C) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal from a penalty
Jon Walters of Republic of Ireland celebrates after he scoring from the penalty spot during the Euro 2016 play-off second leg match between the Republic of Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Aviva Stadium
Jon Walters #14 of the Republic of Ireland celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier play off, second leg match between Republic of Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium
Jon Walters (R)of the Republic of Ireland is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier play off, second leg match between Republic of Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium
Jon Walters of the Republic of Ireland controls the ball under pressure from Sead Kolasinac of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier play off, second leg match between Republic of Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium
Jon Walters #14 of the Republic of Ireland celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Republic of Ireland's Jonathan Walters celebrates scoring their first goal Reuters / Cathal McNaughton
16 November 2015; Darren Randolph, Republic of Ireland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
16 November 2015; James McCarthy, Republic of Ireland, in action against Haris Medunjanin, Bosnia and Herzegovina. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
16 November 2015; Edin Deko, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in action against Wes Hoolahan and Jeff Hendrick, Republic of Ireland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
16 November 2015; Miralem Pjanic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in action against James McCarthy, Republic of Ireland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
16 November 2015; Ciaran Clark, 12, Republic of Ireland, makes a defensive headder under pressure from Bosnia and Herzegovina. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
16 November 2015; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill celebrates after Jonathan Walters scored his side's first goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
i16 November 2015; Daryl Murphy, Republic of Ireland, in action against Edin Cocalic, Bosnia and Herzegovina. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
16 November 2015; Jonathan Walters, Republic of Ireland, in action against Sead Kolainac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
16 November 2015; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
16 November 2015; Supporters cheer as members of the Republic of Ireland team celebrate after Jonathan Walters scored their side's first goal from a penalty. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
16 November 2015; Jonathan Walters, 14, Republic of Ireland, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal from a penalty with team-mate Daryl Murphy. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
16 November 2015; Jonathan Walters, right, Republic of Ireland, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal from a penalty with team-mate Daryl Murphy. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman and Bosnia and Herzegovina's Senad Lulic (rear) battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoff second leg at the Aviva Stadium
Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick (right) and Bosnia and Herzegovina's Ognjen Vranjes (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoff second leg at the Aviva Stadium
Republic of Ireland's Jonathan Walters (right) has a chance saved by Bosnia and Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (left) during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoff second leg at the Aviva Stadium
Republic of Ireland's Daryl Murphy and Bosnia & Herzegovina's Ervin Zukanovic Reuters / Cathal McNaughton Livepic
Republic of Ireland's Daryl Murphy (right) and Bosnia and Herzegovina's Emir Spahic (left) battle for the ball in the air during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoff second leg at the Aviva Stadium
General view as players and fans pause during a minutes silence in memory of the Paris attacks before the match Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith
Seamus Coleman of the Republic of Ireland is tackled by Senad Lulic of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier play off, second leg match between Republic of Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Edin Deko, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in action against James McCarthy, Republic of Ireland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland's Jonathan Walters scores their first goal with a penalty Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith Livepic
A Republic of Ireland supporter ahead of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland's Jonathan Walters (right) and Bosnia and Herzegovina's Ognjen Vranjes (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoff second leg at the Aviva Stadium
Republic of Ireland's Robert Brady (right) and Bosnia and Herzegovina's Edin Cocalic (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoff second leg at the Aviva Stadium
Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoff second leg at the Aviva Stadium
Bosnia and Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic saves an attempt on goal by Republic of Ireland's Daryl Murphy during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoff second leg at the Aviva Stadium
Bosnia and Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoff second leg at the Aviva Stadium
Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoff second leg at the Aviva Stadium
Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick (right) and Bosnia and Herzegovina's Ognjen Vranjes (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoff second leg at the Aviva Stadium
Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoff second leg at the Aviva Stadium
Republic of Ireland's Daryl Murphy during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoff second leg at the Aviva Stadium
Republic of Ireland fans Shane Peppard (centre) with his son Clayton, aged 9, (left) and nephew Sean, 12, from Clondalkin during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoff second leg between Republic of Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium. Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Republic of Ireland's Richard Keogh and Ciaran Clark as Bosnia & Herzegovina's Haris Medunjanin looks dejected after missing a chance to score Reuters / Cathal McNaughton Livepic
Bosnia & Herzegovina's Haris Medunjanin looks dejected after missing a chance to score Reuters / Cathal McNaughton Livepic
Bosnia & Herzegovina's Haris Medunjanin looks dejected after missing a chance to score Reuters / Cathal McNaughton Livepic
Republic of Ireland's players during a minutes silence in memory of the Paris attacks before the match Reuters / Cathal McNaughton Livepic

"There are places up for grabs. We can give lads a go now, some of the fringe players will get a chance and then we will look outside the group too. Hopefully we will try and surprise a few people in the summer, regardless of what group we get.

"It's a great feeling this morning, "Keane laughed, "we'd a good celebration and now they will head back to their clubs. But we enjoyed the moment it was a good night. We'll refocus as soon as the draw is made next month and we'll take it from there." he added.

The Irish assistant manager never gave up hope of qualifying. "I never felt we were out of the group, even after the Scotland draw in the summer. But the lads kept at it, their work-rate was good all through, you're always looking for more quality and more options. but we've got work-rate, desire and while there's moments you are nervous in any game, I always believed we would win against Bosnia.

"Working with Martin was everything I hoped it would be, it has worked out a treat. I've learned a lot from him. And I've enjoyed working hands on with the players.

"Martin and I are in the game far too long to think you've achieved anything until the final whistle went  last night. You always have to be careful because football can kick you where it hurts and Bosnia have big lads who are powerful on the ball and they were always capable of getting a goal.

"We were also missing important players from the dressing room over the last two games, but lads stepped up and led the way.

"Football needed that last night," Keane added, "the Germany game was a big turning point. We've changed a few things around, hotel, training venue and the lads have come through with it."

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