Monday 11 December 2017

Keane back in dugout for Cobh charity game

Roy Keane back in the dugout in Cobh last night
Roy Keane back in the dugout in Cobh last night

Roy Keane received a hero's welcome back at his old stomping ground in the Cork harbour town of Cobh, WRITES RALPH RIEGEL.

Keane (43) agreed to manage a Cobh Ramblers 'old boys' side in a once-off charity challenge match against a Springfield FC XI.

But Ireland's assistant manager was remaining tight-lipped about whether he might return full-time to the Premier League hot-seat at Aston Villa.

The former midfielder has managed Sunderland and Ipswich Town and was assistant to Paul Lambert earlier this season at the Birmingham club.

All funds from the Cobh charity match last night will go to the local community hospital, which caters for geriatric patients.

It was an emotional return for the Mayfield-born star, who was first spotted by English football scouts as he starred for Ramblers in the 1989-90 season. Keane made a total of 23 appearances for Cobh before being snatched by Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest for a bargain-basement £47,000 (€60,000).

Among the guest players last night were Patsy Freyne, Mick Devine, Fergus McDaid, Pat Keane, Pat Maher, Paul Keating, Mossie Mahony and Michael Ireland.

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