Monday 16 December 2019

'It's none of your business': Keane refuses to say whether Ireland contract contains release clause

Paul Hyland in Versailles

Roy Keane has confirmed that he has put his management ambitions on hold to stay with Ireland for another two years.

Martin O'Neill revealed in midweek that he had a gentleman's agreement with the FAI to stay for another two years and that his full staff had signed up too.

"I said all along I had to wait to see what the managers plans are. Things fell into place in the last few days," he said

"I'm keen to get back into it, but when I said next few years I didn't mean two weeks.

"I enjoy working with everyone. It's been very enjoyable and I'm happy to be saying for another couple of years.

"Working with the Irish team, it s a brilliant job. The other stuff will fall into place," he said.

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"I have had offers but nothing that would rock my boat to give up the Irish job."

Keane was then asked whether there was a clause in his contract in case he gets approached to take on a club job, but the Ireland assistant refused to say.

"It's none of your business," he replied.

Keane is more than pleased with facilities in and around the Irish base in Versailles, a far cry from that fateful trip to Saipan in 2002.

"Fantastic facilities. Absolutely brilliant, couldn't be better. No doubt lessons have been learned.

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