Thursday 19 April 2018

Roy Keane won't get the top job, says Brian Kerr

No succession stakes in place, insists former Ireland boss

Roy Keane
Roy Keane

Garry Doyle

Brian Kerr has dismissed the idea the FAI are grooming Roy Keane to succeed Martin O'Neill as Ireland manager.

While Kerr, who, as national team manager brought Keane back from the international wilderness in the aftermath of the Saipan saga, believes the former Irish captain's addition to the coaching ticket is a positive move, he refuses to view it as part of a grander, well-orchestrated plan.

"I don't think there's a natural succession stakes in place," said Kerr, "and in any case, who knows how long Martin is going to be there? I couldn't see Roy automatically going from assistant to senior manager. That hasn't been the case with anyone prior to this, has it?"

It certainly hasn't. At no stage in the history of the Irish game, has an assistant manager graduated to the top job. Instead, wholesale regime changes have been the norm -- with Marco Tardelli, Kevin MacDonald, Chris Hughton, Ian Evans, Maurice Setters and Terry Conroy moving out along with the men they owed their meal ticket to.

"However, this role puts Roy in a better position to get the job," said Kerr. "The fact he's back involved again means it wouldn't be such a big step for the FAI to take.

"I'm open to the idea of him adapting to the new role. But the biggest challenge for him is getting used to the role of not being No 1, to resist going out there and having a go at players, to resist having too much to say about things affecting the team."

Irish Independent

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