Roy Keane addresses Sunderland speculation live on ITV 6 months ago

Roy Keane addresses Sunderland speculation live on ITV

'We'll see how things take shape over the next few days'

Roy Keane has addressed speculation that he is set to take over as Sunderland manager.

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The League One club reportedly interviewed the Irishman earlier this week as they seek to find a permanent replacement for Lee Johnson.

Keane, who was Sunderland manager between 2006 and 2008, gave little away when asked about the links. But he did say he is looking to return to the dugout.

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Roy Keane asked about Sunderland job live on ITV

On ITV's coverage of Manchester United's FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough on Friday night, presenter Mark Pougatch asked Keane about the Sunderland links.

"I've got no control over that. So, no comment," the Irishman replied, before stating that he does want to get back into management.

"I've made that clear over the last few years," Keane continued.

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"I’d like to go back as a manager. But, of course, a club has to want you, you have to want to go to that club, and just as important, the contract has to be right.

"So, listen, we'll see how things take shape over the next few days."

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Roy Keane's time in management

The Irishman's first spell as Sunderland manager was largely successful, as he guided the Black Cats into the Premier League as Championship winners in his first season.

Sunderland then remained in the top-flight in Keane's second season. The Cork-native left the club in December 2008, citing differences with owner Ellis Short.

Keane’s next job as a manager was with Ipswich Town between April 2009 and January 2011. He was then the Republic of Ireland assistant manager under Martin O'Neill from 2013 to 2018.

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Before returning to Sunderland, Keane had not worked in coaching since leaving Nottingham Forest in 2019, where he had been O’Neill’s assistant manager.

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