Roy Keane is a better fit than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be the Manchester United manager, according to John Giles.
The Republic of Ireland and Leeds United legend has claimed that Keane would do a better job than his old teammate given the current conditions at Old Trafford and what the club needs to change their fortunes.
Giles reckons that United require someone to shake things up and call out underperforming players, to set standards for them to reach and denounce them if they don’t.
The former RTÈ pundit doesn’t feel Solskjaer is capable of turning things around at the Red Devils.
“I’d put my money on him at Manchester United before Solskjaer,” Giles said about Keane on The Stand, Eamon Dunphy’s podcast.
“When you look at the summer, in Solskjaer’s case, it’s all about the backroom staff, he’s not mentioned in it. He should be picking the backroom staff, the players.
“He should be dominant at the moment to getting this thing right for next season. Is Rio Ferdinand going to come in now as a director of coaching? Solskjaer hasn’t been mentioned.
“I honestly believe if Roy Keane went to Manchester United now he would do a better job than Solskjaer with what’s needed now.”
On the podcast, Dunphy and Giles say that Keane has had a mixed career in management, with Dunphy particularly critical of Keane’s people skills.
The Corkman started his managerial career with a bang, helping Sunderland win promotion to the Premier League and keeping them in the top-flight the following season. He walked away from the club in December 2008 and took over at Ipswich Town a few months later. However, it didn’t work out with Ipswich and Keane was dismissed in January 2011.
Since then, he has spent almost six years as Martin O’Neill’s assistant with Ireland and Nottingham Forest. He has also worked as a pundit with ITV and Sky Sports. Keane left Forest last week, before O’Neill was sacked, as he said he wants to kickstart his managerial career, rather than work as an assistant.
Giles also said on the podcast that very few world-class players have become successful managers. But the Dubliner feels that Keane’s demanding personality could be what the current United squad needs. Graeme Souness said likewise after the club sacked Jose Mourinho.
Solskjaer’s stint as United caretaker coach between December and March was a great success, as the club won 14 of his 19 games in charge. However, since being appointed as the permanent manager, the team have struggled.
United’s form evaporated as they missed out on qualification for the Champions League and failed to beat relegated Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town in the final two games of the Premier League season.