Monday 22 January 2018

Keane set to be named as new boss of Turkish side Kasimpasa

Roy Keane is expected to be named as manager of Turkish top-flight side Kasimpasa in the next 24 hours, bringing an end to his stint as a television pundit.

The former Manchester United captain would replace Metin Diyadin at Kasimpasa, who was surprisingly sacked despite leading the Istanbul-based club to second in the Super Lig table in their first season after promotion.

If appointed manager, Keane may feel the need to deliver instant success as the Kasimpasa owners are desperate to put their club on the map and have shown little patience with their sacking of Diyadin.

Kasimpasa are not one of Turkish football's traditional giants, but the arrival of wealthy investors to the club's board has made them a rising force within Turkish football.

It would see Keane return to management for the first time since being sacked by Ipswich Town 18 months ago after a poor run of form.

In his first management role, Keane sensationally steered Sunderland from the bottom of the Championship table to promotion to the Premier League during the 2006-'07 season. He has so far failed to live up to that early promise.

Keane would follow in the footsteps of Scot Graeme Souness, who managed Turkish giants Galatasaray in 1995/'96.

Irish Independent

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