JASON McATEER says he is keen to talk to Shamrock Rovers about the managerial vacancy at Tallaght Stadium.
The former Ireland international has been out of the game since he was dismissed from his role as assistant manager of Tranmere Rovers – along with boss John Barnes – in 2009, but the 41-year-old says he's regained his appetite.
Rovers have yet to announce a permanent replacement for Stephen Kenny, with caretaker boss Brian Laws in contention to take over long-term while the names of Kenny Cunningham and Trevor Croly have also been mentioned.
A four-man sub committee of the Rovers board are assessing their options and an announcement |on Kenny's long-term replacement is expected in the next 10 days, with a strong possibility that Laws could earn the job on a permanent basis.
Now McAteer has thrown his hat into the ring for the job, though. A lack of coaching qualifications would immediately count against the |41-year-old, as the manager of a |League of Ireland side must have a UEFA Pro-licence qualification and McAteer has only started taking his coaching badges.
“I would be interested in speaking to them,” says McAteer of the Rovers position. “I would like to be a |manager and I have looked at a couple of the jobs over here in Ireland.
“I would like to give it a go again, but it would have to be for a club that was honest about the direction it wanted to go in, a club that was financially
sound and wanted to go places. If a club was willing to do that then I'd be happy to give it a go.
“I was disillusioned after I left Tranmere.
“I didn't really understand what an assistant manager's role was and it was very hard work, it was 24/7, doing a lot of work and getting paid nothing to do it.
“You're watching reserve games, you're doing your own training, |getting home at 11pm at night and starting again at the training ground the next morning.
“The pressure on the manager, when it's a legend like John Barnes and things aren't going well, is immense.
“We were mentioned on Match of the Day at one stage over our results, because John Barnes was manager. But I have a desire now to go back into it,” added the ex-Liverpool star.
McAteer's former Republic of Ireland international team-mates like Gareth Farrelly (Bohemians) and Jeff Kenna (Galway United, St Patrick's Athletic) both tried their hand in management in the League of Ireland but have not managed a team since, while Terry Phelan has expressed his interest in a LOI position after spells in management in the USA, New Zealand and India.