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Rovers return likely for Roy

ROY KEANE has delayed a decision on an offer to manage Turkish club Kasimpasa after being made aware of potential interest in his availability for the managerial vacancy at Blackburn Rovers.

Keane, who has not managed since being sacked by Ipswich in January last year, held talks in Istanbul yesterday with officials from Kasimpasa, who are second in Turkey's Super Lig, over a £1.4 million-a-year contract at the club.

But while the 41-year-old has expressed his desire to return to management, it is understood that he has reservations over moving to Turkey to relaunch his career, despite Kasimpasa's ambition to emerge as a fourth major force in Istanbul alongside Galatasaray, Besiktas and Fenerbahce.

The prospect of relocating his family to Turkey and risking his reputation by working in an unfamiliar environment has led to doubts over the merits of accepting Kasimpasa's offer, particularly with Blackburn Rovers now searching for a manager to replace Steve Kean, who resigned last Friday.

While no contact has been made between Blackburn and Keane, both parties are aware of mutual interest in discussing the Ewood Park post and Keane is open to the prospect of speaking to senior figures at Blackburn.

Tim Sherwood, Tottenham Hotspur's technical coordinator, remains the favoured choice of Blackburn's Indian owners, Venky's, but attempts to lure the club's 1995 title-winning captain from White Hart Lane have failed to come to fruition.

Efforts to hold talks with former Blackburn forward Alan Shearer are also likely to be made and representatives of former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are said to have communicated his interest in the job. His contract with Norwegian side Molde expires in 2014.

Barnsley manager Keith Hill is under consideration in case higher-profile targets prove elusive.


But with Blackburn determined to recruit a young manager with the ability to guide the club back to the Premier League this season, Keane's success in winning promotion with Sunderland in 2006-07 highlights the former United midfielder's track record at Championship level, prior to his unsuccessful spell at Ipswich.

Blackburn director Shebby Singh insists that the club will not rush into an appointment after confirming that interim manager Eric Black will take charge of the team at Nottingham Forest tonight.

Singh said: "We are not going to set any timescales and we are not going to call Eric Black a 'caretaker manager', he is our manager for the next two games.

"We have to be very, very careful how we select the next manager or to see if we already have the next manager."