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Roy Keane reveals approach from Championship club for manager’s position

Keane has not worked as a manager since 2011.

Roy Keane has revealed that he was approached by a Championship side about becoming the club’s manager. Keane said the approach happened a few months ago, so seemingly ahead of the 2021/22 season.

The Irishman has been out of management since leaving Ipswich Town in 2011. He currently works as a pundit for Sky Sports and ITV but wants another opportunity in football management.

Roy Keane reveals offer from Championship club.

“I’ve had interviews, I had an interview recently,” Keane told Gary Neville on The Overlap.

“I spoke to a Championship club about three months ago. It was very casual, it was at my house, a chat with the chairman. And to be fair, he was straight up, he went, ‘Listen, we just want somebody who can come in and win football matches’.”

“That was fine with me, I didn’t have to break down styles of play. And I think if you’re winning matches, people don’t then question, ‘What’s your style of play?’ You just bounce into the next match, don’t you? And we did it as players.”

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Roy Keane reveals offer from Championship club.

Keane didn’t name the club or reveal if he was offered the position, or if he turned it down, but he said he is still eager to get back into management, despite it being 10 years since he last worked as a manager.

The former Republic of Ireland captain questioned if his perception as a straight-talker, who fell out with some of his managers when he was a player, now counts against him.

“When you’re a manager and you lose your job, it’s a long way back,” Keane continued.

“Again, perception. People probably think I’m not up to it, they see me on the television they think, ‘He’s a bit of a headcase.’

“I fell out with (Mick) McCarthy, (Alex) Ferguson, they think, he’s trouble, but I don’t think I am… You were supposed to say there you’re not!”

Roy Keane’s record in management.

Keane’s last job as a manager was with Ipswich Town. He coached the Championship club between April 2009 and January 2011.

The Irishman was manager of Sunderland when the Black Cats earned promotion to the Premier League in 2007. He then helped the club retain its status in the top-flight before departing in December 2008.

He worked as Martin O’Neill’s assistant manager for the Republic of Ireland from 2013 to 2018 and was briefly O’Neill’s assistant coach at Nottingham Forest in 2019. Keane was also briefly Paul Lambert’s assistant manager for Aston Villa back in 2014.

You can watch Keane’s interview with Neville below.

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