Roy Keane targets return to club management – and hints where he may be looking

Roy Keane fancies a return to club management "soon" — providing the challenge ‘rocks his boat.’

But the Republic of Ireland assistant admits he is unlikely to land a Premier League job.

Keane and boss Martin O’Neill could be under pressure if this week’s Nations League double-header against Denmark and Wales goes badly.

“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," said Keane. “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.

“It’s just getting that offer and challenge that will rock my boat.

“I’d be realistic, it’s hardly going to be a Premier League offer, realistically in the Championship. But there are a lot of brilliant clubs there.

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“There’s no doubt in my mind that I could go in there and get a club promoted, with the right support. It would depend on the club and the people involved.”

Manchester United legend Keane took Sunderland up from the second tier 11 years ago, but a subsequent stint with Ipswich at the same level was a disappointment and he has not managed since they sacked him in January 2011.

He is under contract with the FAI until the end of the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

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