Friday 19 October 2018

'I'd like another go' - Roy Keane still open to return to club management

24 May 2018; Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a Republic of Ireland press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
24 May 2018; Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a Republic of Ireland press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Damian Spellman

Roy Keane is still determined to return to club management one day despite admitting football is a "mad industry".

Keane is currently in his fifth year as assistant to Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill having previously managed in his own right at Sunderland and Ipswich.

As the pair started work with their players ahead of friendlies against France and the USA, the former Manchester United skipper reflected on the merry-go-round which has claimed Premier League casualties Sam Allardyce, David Moyes, Carlos Carvalhal and Paul Lambert this month.

Keane said: "Is that long, five years? No, it's difficult. Listen, the managers in England are obviously under huge pressure, but having said that, I think they're well looked after. They get well looked after in terms of their contracts.

"But there's huge pressure on managers. You look at good managers going in and out of doors and it has you scratching your head.

"I used to try to figure it out before, certain managers not getting enough time at a club, but I've stopped trying to do that, it just doesn't make sense. It's kind of a mad industry we're in at the moment.

"If you can get a bit of stability in your job, fantastic, but at the moment, particularly at club level, it's probably non-existent."

Nevertheless, Keane has insisted since leaving Portman Road in January 2011 that he would return to club management one day, and he remains intent on doing so.

Asked if he would still like another chance, he replied: "Yes. Despite everything I said, I'd like another go, yes."

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