Thursday 19 April 2018

Roy Keane drops hint he will return to management after Euro 2016

Roy Keane says it's hard to stay positive watching Manchester United
Roy Keane says it's hard to stay positive watching Manchester United

Graham Clifford

Roy Keane has given his clearest signal yet that he plans to get back into management after this Summer’s European Championship.

Keane was linked with the Aston Villa job before Remi Garde took over and following the news today that Ronny Deila will leave Celtic at the end of the season, the Corkman will no doubt be linked with a return to Glasgow.

The Republic of Ireland assistant manager said: “Of course I’m really enjoying learning from Martin (O’Neill) but the best place for me to learn is back in the (managerial) hot seat not so much in the long term but in the shorter term. I don’t want to be the assistant manager for the next 20 years but I am enjoying the current role.”

Keane was speaking at the Bord Gais ‘Winning in Business’ Conference in Cork city his morning.

When asked about the current opening at Aston Villa, and the possibility of a vacancy at his former club Glasgow Celtic, Roy told those attending the conference that: “I have a contract with the FAI until the end of the summer and that’s what I’m focusing on at the moment and won’t be  taking my eye off the ball.”

While looking forward to the European Championships Keane reminded people that “there’s no point in patting ourselves on the back for qualifying. We have a job to do out there. We are short (in quality) in many areas but have many strengths too and we have to play to those and do our best to make a big impact.”

And he said that long after the legendary Saipan fall-out with the then Ireland manager Mick McCarthy ahead of the World Cup in 2002 players from that time told him they supported his stance.

“They said that they had wanted to speak out about facilities and so on but didn’t’ feel they could. And now they can see why it was important that I spoke out when I did.”

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