Man Utd legend Roy Keane looking to management return despite Sky Sports success

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Manchester United hero Roy Keane is looking into a management return, despite his success as a Sky Sports pundit.

The Irishman has enjoyed a memorable first season-and-a-half with the broadcaster, getting involved in some furious arguments with his co-pundits.

Winning the Premier League seven times at United as well as the 1998/99 treble, the 49-year-old has a lot of experience to draw on.

But The Sun have reported that Keane wants a change of career again.

The former midfielder has told friends that he is “itching” to get back into management and be involved in the day-to-day runnings of a club.

Keane has been back to Carrington in recent months – and the report suggests there could be an opportunity for him there

While the pundit enjoyed major success at Old Trafford, this has not translated in his managerial career.

The Irishman took on the top job at Championship side Sunderland in 2006 – immediately after his exit from Celtic.

Hitting the heights of promotion to the Premier League, their top-flight campaign ended in 15th place.

But the 2008/09 campaign was a disaster for Keane, a row with FIFA vice-president Jack Warner and an 18th-place finish saw him step away in December.

Keane was back in a job four months later with Ipswich, which lasted until January 2011 after recording 28 wins from 81 games.

His most recent post came in 2019 at Nottingham Forest, taking an assistant role alongside Martin O’Neill.

The 49-year-old also worked as an assistant to the Northern Irishman on the Republic of Ireland national team.

They spent five years together with the national squad from 2013, helping them reach the Euro 2016 round-of-16 against France.

Keane’s only time away from the side was a four-month spell as assistant manager at Aston Villa alongside Paul Lambert in 2014.

Between spells at Ipswich and Ireland, the ex-midfielder kicked off his punditry career with ITV as he analysed FA Cup and Champions League games.

He also featured on screen for international tournaments such as the World Cup, where he got into a f urious spat with Ian Wright after England’s 2018 semi-final loss to Croatia.

Keane has supported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United – and he suggested that rivals Liverpool are “encouraging” the Red Devils in the title race.

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