Where next for Roy Keane: Inter Miami CF, Manchester United, or Jesse Lingard’s agent?by Jack Kitson / 05 September 2019, 10:13Tweet
It’s been over eight years since Roy Keane last held a permanent position in the managerial arena.
But now after three consecutive jobs working as an assistant, the Irishman has revealed that he’s ready to have another stab at management.
“I definitely want to have another crack,” Keane told Off The Ball.
“I don’t think Real Madrid will be calling me...If I go back to a club, it’s got to be as a manager, simple as that.”
Keane’s first post in the dugout was in 2006 at Sunderland, with whom he led to the Championship title in his first season at the helm. He then avoided relegation (15th) in his first taste of managing in the top-flight, but then dramatically called it quits by text in December 2008 when his troops were 18th in the table.
Five months later Keane returned to management with Ipswich Town, holding the position for 20 months between 2009 and 2011 before he was hurled out of the exit door following a wretched run of seven defeats in nine Championship games.
“I don’t think I’m a bad manager, but at Ipswich I managed badly. I spoke to some people like something on the bottom of my shoe,” Keane would later recall in his ‘The Second Half’ autobiography.
Keane has since worked as Martin O’Neill’s assistant at both the Republic of Ireland and more recently Nottingham Forest, and there was also a spell as Paul Lambert’s assistant at Aston Villa.
Roy Keane is interested in a return to management...— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) September 5, 2019
AFC Wimbledon: 5/2
Inter Miami: 16/1
Man Utd: 33/1
Mick McCarthy's Assistant: 100/1
Jesse Lingard's Agent: 500/1 ????
Odds subject to change | BeGambleAware | 18+
So, where next for Keane should he be serious about a return?
There are currently two vacancies up for grabs in the Championship but at the time of writing both jobs have odds-on favourites.
Nigel Adkins is priced at 4/9 to become the new boss of Huddersfield, whereas Danny Cowley can be backed at 1/2 to switch Lincoln City for Sheffield Wednesday - Keane can currently be found out at 66/1 in both markets.
Paddy Power have actually priced up a ‘Roy Keane next job’ market and for reasons unknown, Doncaster is the most likely destination in the betting at 11/8, followed by AFC Wimbledon at 5/2.
Keane is priced at 4/1 to return to Sunderland - 11 years after he exited the Stadium of Light - and 9/1 to rock up back at Ipswich Town. Although it’s worth noting that his former clubs have lost only one game between in League One so far this season…
David Beckham is still looking for someone to lead Inter Miami CF, with Keane 16/1 to be the club’s first-ever manager when they launch next year.
33/1 to Man Utd simply appears out of the question, although the more optimistic of you might fancy a cheeky quid on Keane becoming Mick McCarthy’s assistant at the Republic of Ireland (100/1), while he’s 275/1 to replace Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, and 500/1 to become Jesse Lingard’s Agent!
Also at the Off The Ball event, Keane couldn’t resist another dig at his former Man Utd gaffer:
"People talk about Ferguson's man-management. Don't be kidded on by all of it. I was at the club when Bryan Robson left, when Steve Bruce left, two brilliant servants for Manchester United, and I didn't like the way they were treated."