Roy Keane has indicated he could be interested in the vacant Republic of Ireland manager’s job as the search for Stephen Kenny’s successor continues.
The former Celtic and Manchester United midfielder served as Martin O’Neill’s number two during his five-year reign at Ireland, and has admitted a return to the international set-up is something he might consider.
Asked about the vacancy on the Stick to Football YouTube show, the 52-year-old said: “International football, I enjoyed it when I was a coach.
“I liked the dynamics of it where you’re not in every day and it’s not about bringing players in and dealing with the board every week or the academy.
“Yeah, that does appeal.”
Keane is a man who continues to divide opinion in his native country, not only as a result of his premature return from the 2002 World Cup finals in the Far East after a bust-up with then manager Mick McCarthy, but also because of his forthright approach to management.
There is little doubt his return would be box office, just as his spell as O’Neill’s assistant was, but whether he is the man to rekindle Ireland’s on-field fortunes is a topic for debate.
The former Manchester United and Ireland captain spent six months at Celtic in 2005 and helped the Hoops to a Premiership and League Cup double.
The Football Association of Ireland opted not to hand Kenny a new contract following November’s friendly draw with New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium, which came in the wake of a disappointing Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.
England Under-21s coach Lee Carsley, who won 40 caps for Ireland, has been high on the FAI’s list since they launched the recruitment process, with another experienced former international, Chris Hughton, among the favourites to replace Kenny.
Hughton was not available when the job came up, but he is now after being sacked by Ghana following their failure to make it to the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.
It is understood the FAI hope to make an appointment before the Nations League draw in Paris on February 8.
Ireland are due to face Belgium and Switzerland in a friendly double-header in Dublin in March.
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