Wednesday 26 July 2017

Keane to return

Corkman in line for swift managerial comeback with Sheffield Wednesday

Roy Keane: Photo: PA
Roy Keane: Photo: PA
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

ROY KEANE is believed to be on a shortlist of four candidates in the frame for the vacant managerial post at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Corkman was sacked by Ipswich last month, but he is in the running for a quick return to football after the League One club dispensed with the services of Alan Irvine.

Milan Mandaric took over the Yorkshire club before Christmas and says that he wants to make a quick appointment. Former Wednesday player Gary Megson is the favourite -- he previously worked with the controversial Mandaric at Leicester.

However, the Serbian has a history of opting for big-name managers, and Keane fits that category.

It was anticipated that the 39-year-old would take a break from football after his stint at Ipswich ended in ignominious fashion.

Yet it's thought that he would be attracted by the prospect of working at a club with the potential of Sheffield Wednesday.

Mandaric entered the club before Christmas to stave off the threat of administration, and has promised to invest funds.

Under Irvine, the club slipped out of the Championship and they are now stuck in mid-table in League One following a disappointing series of results.

After confirming that Megson was on his radar, Mandaric said there were three other prospective candidates.It's understood that he wishes to speak to Keane, while a manager currently employed by another club is also in the mix.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon yesterday expressed his wish that Keane returns to football sooner rather than later.

"The game's a poorer place without him," said Lennon. "He's one of the greatest players of his generation with a vast knowledge of the game.

"He also has a charisma about him, and he's not afraid to speak his mind -- and I think that's good for the game."

Irish Independent

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