Saturday 17 March 2018


Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

ROY KEANE has been officially offered a return to management with Turkish side Kasimpasa, but is first waiting to hear if Blackburn Rovers also want him.

The Corkman (pictured) has been engaged in protracted talks with officials from the Istanbul club, but an indirect expression of interest from Blackburn is complicating matters ahead of his scheduled return flight to England today.

Kasimpasa have tried their best to sell their ambitious project to Keane and it is expected that, out of courtesy, he will let them know his decision on the offer of a £1.4m-a-year contract before travelling home.

The prospect of relocating his family to Turkey and risking his reputation by working in an unfamiliar environment has led to doubts over the merits of accepting Kasimpasa's offer, particularly with Blackburn now searching for a manager to replace Steve Kean, who resigned last Friday.

Blackburn have been made aware that the former Manchester United midfielder would be attracted by the task of replacing Kean, and senior figures have indicated they would like to speak to the 41-year-old, although no talks have taken place.

The Championship club initially identified former player Tim Sherwood as a replacement for Kean, but he is likely to remain in a technical co-ordinator role at Spurs. A host of other high-profile figures have been linked with the Blackburn position -- including Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Henrik Larsson and Alan Shearer.

Keane fits the description of the candidate that owners Venky's are looking for. They want a young manager who can bring them back to the Premier League and would prefer it to be a big name who can help boost flagging attendances.

They are looking to speak with a number of candidates, so Keane will have no certainty on their intentions before the former Ireland captain makes a final call on Kasimpasa.

But with an international break looming -- a period where clubs traditionally take stock of their situation -- he is conscious that other appealing jobs may also become available.

Irish Independent

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