Former Ireland midfielder David Meyler believes that his former boss Roy Keane will make a return to management and has dismissed claims that Keane is out of touch with the modern game.
Keane has been linked with vacant posts at Sunderland and Hibs this year alone but the 50-year-old is still away from the game and has not managed a team since he left Ipswich in 2011. But Meyler, who played under Keane at Sunderland and also with the Ireland team, feels there is more to come in management from Keane.
“People are fascinated listening to him, when he gives an insight about what he feels about a particular game. I think he has so much to offer that I’d like to see him back,” Meyler said.
“It’s very easy to say people are out of touch with the modern game. I don’t think the game has changed a lot in 20 years. You have a different dynamic in the dressing-room from when I started, that has changed. But to say he’s not in touch with the modern game is a false narrative. That’s an easy one to pinpoint.
“I only retired a few years ago and he was involved with Martin as his assistant with Ireland. He’s well aware of what modern changing rooms are.”
Meyler also believes that the “brave” decision by Blackpool footballer Jake Daniels to come out as the first openly-gay player in professional football in England will encourage other players to be more open about their sexuality.
“To the best of my knowledge no one I played with was gay, there might have been, but I don’t know,” said the Cork native. “The dressing-room has changed in the last six/seven years, if there was an individual I played with you’d like to think they could have come and openly spoken to us, but no one was that I know of.
“You’d like to think they would be able to share it with the team, I’d have accepted it and not had a problem. It’s so difficult for someone to come out, you’d hope after Monday’s news that many more will come forward.
“I am not surprised it has taken this long,” Meyler added of Daniels’ landmark decision to come out. “Even if you look at the responses, there is incredible support for him, I’d offer my support, he’s been struggling and found it difficult for a long time. Then you have a lot of idiots who go after him and it shows why it took so long, he just wants to play football and wants to be comfortable playing football. It’s taken him a long time.
“There is some negativity with it, people are just idiots and don’t realise this is a young boy dealing with something, who has taken the brave step to come forward and speak out, be honest, you see the love and support but you can understand why it has taken so long for someone to come out.”