Friday 23 March 2018

Keane would be attracted by Forest job, insists agent Kennedy

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

ROY KEANE's representative Michael Kennedy has confirmed that his client would be open to returning to Nottingham Forest as boss.

The former Manchester United and Ireland captain kick-started his career at the City Ground, where he played between 1990 and 1993, and has been linked with the vacant manager's job since Steve Cotterill was sacked last Thursday.

Hot favourite Mick McCarthy ruled himself out of the running on Monday after holding talks with the club's new Kuwaiti owners the Al-Hasawi family.

The ex-Wolves boss had sought assurances that he would have autonomy in management of the club and in their transfer market dealings, but was dissatisfied with the answers he received.


Kennedy revealed that no contact had been made between Keane and the club, but he confirmed yesterday that the Corkman would be open to talks on the role.

"As far as I know, he has not been approached and he has not applied for the job. But I haven't spoken to him about it," said Kennedy.

"I can understand why people would link him with the job, being an old Forest player, but I don't know if he's in the running for it. I thought it was Mick McCarthy until yesterday. Or perhaps Glenn Hoddle, according to some reports.

"But what I can say is that I think Roy would be interested if he was approached. He is available and I think it would be a job that would appeal to him."

Keane has been out of management since leaving Ipswich in January last year and despite landing a regular gig as a pundit with ITV, he retains unfulfilled ambitions as a manager.

Former England boss Hoddle and Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson remain Keane's main rivals for the job.

Irish Independent

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