Saturday 24 March 2018

Kasimpasa give up chase for Roy with Rovers move still on cards

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Kasimpasa have been forced to concede defeat in their attempts to lure Roy Keane to Turkey.

The Corkman has turned down the chance to move to the ambitious Istanbul-based club after cooling on the idea, as outlined in yesterday's Irish Independent.

Family reasons were a factor, in addition to the vacant manager's position at Blackburn Rovers and the likelihood of other attractive jobs becoming available between now and Christmas.

Kasimpasa failed to cover themselves in glory by announcing that Keane had agreed in principle to take the job before he arrived in Turkey. In truth, he had only consented to discussing the position face to face.

They also erred by delivering Keane with an ultimatum to make a call within 24 hours when he wanted further time to consider what would have been a seismic switch in lifestyle.

The bottom line, however, is that the 41-year-old wishes to continue his managerial career in England.

Senior Blackburn figures indicated earlier this week that they wished to speak to Keane, but the tentative interest on both sides led to inaccurate rumours that he was on the verge of being appointed late on Wednesday night.

That prompted Blackburn's director of football Shebby Singh to text a Lancashire talk show to deny that was the case -- which fuelled stories that Keane was out of the race completely.

But there is still a window for discussion between the parties, even though the Championship club are taking their time and appear to be intent on speaking to a number of candidates for the position.

Irish Independent

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