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Roy Keane: Ireland Manager Job Is a Dream That’s Passed

Roy Keane Reflects on Missed Opportunity

Former Manchester United and Ireland captain Roy Keane revealed that managing the Republic of Ireland would have been his dream job but he believes that chance has now slipped away.

Speaking on the Stick to Football podcast Keane confirmed he had discussions with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) about replacing Stephen Kenny who left in November. However, they couldn’t reach an agreement.

Keane who is currently a TV pundit at Euro 2024 had previously worked as assistant manager under Martin O’Neill for five years until 2018. He enjoyed his time in international football and admitted it left him wanting more.

“I did enjoy the international set-up when I was working with Martin as a coach. I like the dynamics, the flow of international football,” Keane said.

Keane on Talks with FAI and Future Management

When asked by podcast co-host Gary Neville if he had spoken to the FAI, Keane said, “

Yes. You speak to lots of teams. The hardest part is getting the deal done.” He explained that many clubs and teams waste time with preliminary talks without serious intentions.

Despite his yearning for the Ireland job Keane is content with his current life. He enjoys the freedom he has now and doesn’t feel pressured to return to management.

“I have great freedom in my life. I answer to nobody. I do what I want,” he said. However, he acknowledged that he still has a desire to manage and believes he could do a good job if given the opportunity.

Roy Keane’s name was among several linked to the Ireland job including Lee Carsley, Anthony Barry, Gus Poyet, and others. His former teammate John O’Shea has also been considered but the wait for a new appointment continues.

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