Saturday 7 December 2019

Keane's most likely next move to take Ireland job, according to bookies

Declan Whooley

Roy Keane's next move will be eagerly awaited but early prices from the bookmakers have suggested that replacing Martin O'Neill as Ireland manager is his most likely option.

In a shock move, the Republic of Ireland assistant manager quit his role this morning as Aston Villa number two, citing excessive work commitments.

"Ultimately, my roles with Villa and Ireland and combining my commitment to these have become too much," he said.

"It isn't fair to either Villa or Ireland, so I've made this decision.

The former Manchester United captain has said that he wants to focus on his role with Ireland, but Keane has made no secret that his long-term ambitions are to take over in a managerial hot seat again after stints in charge of Sunderland and Ipswich.

Paddy Power has placed a price of 6/4 that Keane's next move is to take over from O'Neill. Not surprisingly the Villa role is the next on the list at 3/1 with Paul Lambert struggling to get the most out of his Villa side this term

His former clubs Celtic, Nottingham Forest and Manchester United are the nest three on the list, with Rangers the 100/1 outside shot.

Roy Keane's next job: Ireland 6/4, Aston Villa 3/1, Celtic 4/1, Nottingham Forest 10/1, Man Utd 14/1, Leeds 14/1, Leicester 14/1, Newcastle 14/1, West Ham 20/1, Rangers 100/1.

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