Not one to bite his tongue, Roy Keane has spoken candidly about his thoughts on Manchester United overlooking him as an interim manager candidate.
Following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the rumour mill went into overdrive. Media reports linked many coaches to the vacant United hot seat, including Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Ten Hag.
It now appears as though Ralf Rangnick is on the brink of taking up the position. At the time of writing, United are yet to announce that a deal has been agreed. Before those Rangnick reports emerged, a section of United supporters clamoured for Keane to take over.
The thinking behind this desire was that Keane, a no-nonsense type who achieved extraordinary success in his playing days as United captain, would whip these under-performing stars into shape.
Keane speaks about United links
Speaking on Sky Sports on Sunday, Keane answered questions about why he wasn’t in the running for a role at Old Trafford.
He said: “They were never going to call me, they were never going to call me, that was never going to happen.
“Listen, I would have no problem going into any dressing room trying to take control of the dressing room. I’ve managed in the Premier League. I don’t think it would’ve been a problem for me, but people tend to forget I have managed before. I did okay in the Premier League with Sunderland.”
Keane has achieved success in a punditry role on Sky, with fans enjoying his on-screen persona. However, it is no secret that he wishes to return to management, which he has stated publicly on many occasions.
Keane’s managerial record
Keane is right to bring up his Premier League experience as a manager. He won the Championship with Sunderland in 2007, taking them up to the top flight. A natural leader, Keane seemed destined for managerial success.
However, things soured at Sunderland – Keane fought with players and board members – and he left the club in late 2008. He received work with Ipswich a few months later, but that spell only lasted two years, and it was often mediocre.
Since then, Keane has taken on coaching roles as an assistant manager, such as his time supporting Martin O’Neill in the Republic of Ireland setup. A return to management seems likely. Going back to United, especially given how he left it in 2005 and his frosty relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson, was always a long shot.