Roy Keane is reportedly interested in becoming Hibernian’s new manager.
The 50-year-old’s last role in coaching was at Championship side Nottingham Forest, leaving his position as Martin O’Neill’s assistant in June 2019. Since then, he’s become one of the most popular pundits in the English game – often appearing on Sky Sports and ITV.
Yet Keane has maintained his desire to return to coaching and is said to have identified a potential opportunity at Hibernian. The Edinburgh club have been looking for a new manager since sacking former Premier League ace Shaun Maloney earlier this month. Hibernian are currently seventh in the Scottish Premiership.
According to The Times, Keane is keen on the role and has been discussing it with close friends since Maloney’s departure. Maloney, 39, was sacked after just four months in the job. Former Manchester United youngster David Gray is Hibernian’s caretaker boss.
Despite being known for his reputation as a pundit, Keane boasts an experienced CV in coaching. His maiden managerial role was at Sunderland, winning the Championship title in his first season in charge before establishing them in the Premier League.
Keane left Sunderland in December 2008 and became manager of Championship side Ipswich Town five months later. His time at Portman Road was less successful, failing to achieve promotion before receiving the sack in January 2011.
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Since then, he’s worked as the Republic of Ireland’s assistant manager – helping them qualify for Euro 2016, the country’s most recent major tournament to date – and has held the same position at Aston Villa and Forest.
Keane was also an accomplished player, winning 20 trophies – including seven Premier League titles and the Champions League. The ex-midfielder played under two of the greatest managers of all time in Brian Clough and Sir Alex Ferguson.
In a recent interview with SPORTbible, Keane suggested his management days could be “over” following the success of his punditry career. He was asked by his Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher if he viewed himself as a manager doing punditry.
“I did up till recently,” came Keane’s reply. “But I almost feel recently, I think, those days are over for me now, going back into management. I really feel like that. I’m 50 now, I’m doing the TV. Obviously, I’m labelled as more of a pundit now.
“But no, no, I feel I’m getting my head round it. It’s maybe more of a head job that is the role for me and over the next few years, I think I can’t see a club really giving me a real good opportunity to get back into it. But I don’t mind that either.
“I’m not fearful of going, ‘Well, you might do the TV for the next two or three years’. I’m fine with that, because I do count my blessings, because I know, as you know, there’s a lot of ex-players looking to get back into it, and yeah, I’m okay with that.”