Thursday 29 September 2016

Roy Keane may quit Ireland job if we don't qualify for Euros

Sam Griffin

Published 26/06/2015 | 02:30

25/6/15 Roy Keane being interviewed by Matt Cooper at Barrettstown Talks at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
25/6/15 Roy Keane being interviewed by Matt Cooper at Barrettstown Talks at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

Roy Keane has revealed he may leave his job as assistant manager of Ireland if we fail to qualify for the European Championships.

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The Cork man was speaking at a fundraising event for children's charity Barretstown in Dublin's Olympia Theatre last night when he said he could also see himself returning to club management in the coming years.

"I'm really enjoying my time with Ireland at the moment," he told host Matt Cooper.

"Obviously, things might change in the next few months depending on results. But I see myself getting back into club management hopefully in the next few years, we'll see. I know people have been quite dismissive of my managerial career and I have been myself but I feel I did OK at Sunderland and I'm not patting myself on the back."

Speaking later in the evening on whether he would stay in his job if Ireland failed to qualify, he said it would depend on whether the FAI wanted the management team to stay on and if Martin O'Neill wanted him to remain in the position.

"It's all ifs and ands," he said.

Roy Keane
Roy Keane

"If we didn't qualify, do the FAI want to keep us on? That's a big question mark. Would Martin want to stay on? Martin's a very proud man. If he did stay on, would he want me to stay on with him? If he's gone obviously I'm gone. Even if Martin stays on, do I want to get back into the driving seat myself? We'll see, we'll see."

Keane also raised concerns that Ireland is no longer producing footballers who can compete at the top level, like the calibre who played in the 1990 World Cup.

He said that as a young man he had no interest in school and was "constantly just dreaming about becoming a footballer".

Keane also briefly referred to the recent court case where he was cleared of road rage charges after a taxi driver accused him of glaring aggressively at him.

"I was in court last week because I apparently glare at people," he added. "My kids always say to me: 'Are you happy, Dad?' And I say 'yeah' and they say 'Well, tell your face'."

The discussion was the first part of a series of talks with high-profile figures aimed at raising money for Barretstown.

Irish Independent

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