Sunday 19 January 2020

'No truth in Israel link from my angle' - Keane

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane. Photo: PA
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane. Photo: PA
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Speculation linking Roy Keane with the role as Israel manager was emphatically dismissed by the Irish assistant yesterday.

Keane said there was no truth to reports from Israel linking him with a move there for the Euro 2020 campaign. "Sometimes people do make things up," said Keane. "There was no truth in it from my angle."

The Corkman's first competitive match as Ireland number two was three years ago this week in Tbilisi and he says he returns there satisfied with his lot.

That said, he confirmed he retains ambitions to become his own boss again at some point in the future.

"I don't know how long we've been in the job here but I'm enjoying it, I'm focused on that, and sort of glad in a sense that I can't see into the future," he said.

"I can't see what's going to happen on Saturday but my own role here, I'm enjoying it.

"Obviously a lot might change here over the next month or two results-wise but I'm not even thinking about potential jobs.

"Honestly, it doesn't even cross my mind," he continued, before smiling. "Well, it does the odd time but generally speaking most of my days or certainly this week will be about trying to get a result on Saturday and my own destiny is way down the pecking order. Way, way, way down.

Keane has welcomed the news that Scott Hogan has declared for Ireland and is also satisfied that Hull City striker Will Keane wants to come on board when he returns from injury although Martin O'Neill has indicated the ex-Manchester United youth has to prove himself first.

Irish Independent

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