STEVE Staunton says he is keen to get back into management, and the former Ireland boss has defended his record as the Republic of Ireland manager between 2006 and 2007.
Staunton has been out of management since he was sacked by Darlington in 2010, with the Dundalk native working in a scouting role for various clubs since then, but he feels he can stand over his time as the Ireland manager. "I would love to get back into management. I love football," he said, proud of his time in charge of the national team, which included a record of just four wins – two of them against San Marino – from 11 competitive matches.
"I would do it again, we achieved our goals. We were set goals by the (FAI) board and achieved them, but we didn't appease the right people at the time," Staunton added.
"They wanted a change and that's the way football is, you move. I still take pride in what we did in the competitive games, I went there with the notion that the friendly games were a development period and that's the way we treated them.
"It's good to see Roy Keane back, he is going to learn from a very good man manager and hopefully it works out for the pair of them."