Saturday 21 October 2017

Israel in surprise move for Roy Keane

 

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Roy Keane has emerged as a surprise candidate to become manager of Israel for the Euro 2020 campaign.

Israeli media are reporting that the head of the Israeli FA, Ofer Eini, wants to replace his current manager Elisha Levi at the end of the World Cup cycle with qualification already out of the question in a group dominated by Spain and Italy.

And Keane has emerged as a leading preference for the Israeli hierarchy if that scenario came to pass. The Corkman has been assistant to Martin O'Neill since November 2013 but has consistently indicated he would be interested in becoming his own boss again.

However, that has been in the context of missing the day-to-day challenge of club management as opposed to taking an international job in another jurisdiction.

O'Neill has stated that he would view Keane as his ideal successor in the Ireland job, but his intentions are unclear with Ireland still in the race to make Russia.

Irish Independent

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