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Roy Keane is still in talks with the Azerbaijan FA about becoming the new national team manager. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Roy Keane is still in talks with the Azerbaijan FA about becoming the new national team manager. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Roy Keane is still in talks with the Azerbaijan FA about becoming the new national team manager. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Roy Keane is still in talks with the Azerbaijan FA about becoming the new national team manager.

But the former Sunderland manager's enthusiasm for the role may cool after being told that he will have to live in Azerbaijan if he was to take up the post.

Vagif Sadikhov, vice president of the Azerbaijani FA, has told local media that Keane's name is included on a shortlist of applicants after fringe candidates were excluded, and Keane is reportedly interested in the €650,000 a year role, though they have admitted that travel issue related to Covid-19 restrictions have hampered their manager search.

But Sadikhov has also updated the criteria on the position which requires the new boss to move to Baku - hardly an appealing prospect for Keane.

"Roy Keane is one of several candidates for the post of head coach of the national team. We had an extended list, which we then narrowed down to a few names," Sadikhov, a senior AFFA official, said last night.

"There are certain criteria that the national team head coach must meet, first is the desire to work and live in the country.

"He should participate fully in the development of Azerbaijani football, the national team in particular.

"We know Roy Keane as a footballer. As a coach, he worked as manager, and assistant with the Irish national team. But it's premature to talk about him as the head coach of the Azerbaijani team," he added.

Irish Independent