ROY Keane's mother has spoken of her pride at his becoming the Republic's assistant manager.
His mother, Marie, said she would never have believed it possible for the former Manchester United and Ireland captain to return.
"Roy would love it and I know he would do a great job," she said.
Mrs Keane said her son will devote himself 100pc to making his management role with Martin O'Neill a great success.
"Roy puts his heart and soul into everything he does. He always has. This job would be no different. We are all so proud of him," she added.