ROY KEANE is up for the challenge of a return to club management soon —but insists he hasn’t been eyeing clubs with a view to future vacancies.
Keane guided Sunderland to promotion in his first season and had a stint as Ipswich Town manager between 2009-11, before taking the assistant manager’s job with Ireland in 2013.
He misses the day-to-day involvement of club football and could be persuaded to return — for the right club.
He said “There’s no doubt in my mind that I could go in there and get a club promoted with the right support.
“I'd be realistic, it’s hardly going to be a Premiership offer, realistically in the Championship but there are a lot of brilliant clubs in the Championship.”
It would depend on the club and the people involved.”
His last club involvement was with Aston Villa in 2014, working as Paul Lambet’s assistant before departing in acrimonious circumstances.
He was critical of new manager Tim Sherwood back in 2015, saying he wouldn’t have attended games —as Sherwood did— with then manager Lambert under pressure.
Keane said: “This idea I’d be looking at a club and thinking 'I fancy that one', I don't work that way, I don't network.
“I just focus on the job in hand and that's a big one with Ireland.
“But hopefully soon I’d like to become a manager again but we'll see what happens. It's just getting that offer and challenge that will rock my boat.”