The former Red Devils star is currently assistant to Martin O’Neill with the Republic of Ireland, but he is eager to get back out on his own

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has aired his desire to get back into club management after leaving a role as assistant to Martin O’Neill with the Republic of Ireland.

The 47-year-old is currently under contract with the FAI until the end of the qualification process for Euro 2020.

Were the Irish to miss out on a place at another major tournament, then a change in the dugout may be sought.

That would free Keane to explore other options, with the former Sunderland and Ipswich boss eager to branch back out on his own after five years in international football which have seen him return to the club game for just four months as Paul Lambert’s right-hand man at Aston Villa in 2014.

“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 but we’ll see what happens. It’s just getting that offer and challenge that will rock my boat.”

Having been away from club management for so long, Keane concedes that he cannot expect to walk into a high-profile post.

He is, however, convinced that he could do a job in the English second tier, having previously guided Sunderland to promotion into the top-flight.

“I’d be realistic, it’s hardly going to be a Premiership offer, realistically in the Championship but there are a lot of brilliant clubs in the Championship,” added Keane.

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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.”

Ireland, who opened their 2018 Nations League campaign with a 4-1 defeat to Wales, are due to face Denmark in League B Group 4 on Saturday before being reunited with the Welsh in Dublin on Tuesday.



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