Thursday 19 April 2018

Keane wings into Turkey – but keeps one eye on Blackburn job

Roy Keane and an official from the Kasimpasa club in Istanbul Airport
Roy Keane and an official from the Kasimpasa club in Istanbul Airport
Roy Keane would prefer Blackburn job but will go to Turkey to get back into management
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

ROY KEANE has landed in Istanbul to begin discussions with officials from Turkish side Kasimpasa, but the situation regarding the vacant manager's job at Blackburn may determine the outcome of negotiations.

The Corkman is keen to return to management, and has flown to the Turkish capital for face-to-face meetings with the hierarchy of little known Kasimpasa.

They are newcomers to their country's top flight -- but are second in the league -- and are keen to recruit a high-profile manager.

Keane wants to find out more before relocating his family, even though officials from the club have spoken confidently about landing their man; it's understood that the ex-Ireland captain wants to clarify Blackburn's intentions before agreeing a move abroad.

Alan Shearer and Tim Sherwood are the initial front-runners in the race to replace Steve Kean at Ewood Park, yet it's understood that Keane is one of many names on the Championship club's radar.

Blackburn's director of football Shebby Singh said: "There's a lot of interest. And we will not be rushed into a decision."

Irish Independent

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