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24th Apr 2022

Roy Keane linked with shock return to management with Hibernian

Robert Redmond

Keane has not worked as a manager since 2011

Roy Keane is interested in becoming the new Hibernian manager, according to reports.

Keane, who has not managed a team since leaving Ipswich Town in 2011, has emerged as a surprise contender to take over the vacant role at the Scottish Premiership side.

Hibs are looking for a new manager after sacking Shaun Maloney last week. The former Scotland and Celtic winger had been in charge for just four months.

Roy Keane manager

Roy Keane linked with becoming Hibernian manager

Keane is interested in succeeding Maloney at Easter Road, according to The Sunday Times.

The former Manchester United is said to be enjoying working as a pundit for Sky Sports and ITV but harbours an ambition to return to the dugout.

Keane, who reportedly turned down the chance to become Sunderland manager in February, is said to have ‘discussed the Hibs job with friends’ and would be interested in potentially taking the role.

This season, Hibs reached the Scottish League Cup final, where they lost 2-1 to Celtic, and the semi-finals of the Scottish FA Cup, where they lost to Hearts. The club’s owner Ron Gordon sacked Maloney three days later.

Roy Keane’s career in management

Keane began his managerial career as Sunderland manager back in 2006. The former midfielder guided the Black Cats into the Premier League as Championship winners in his first season.

In Keane’s second season, Sunderland avoided relegation from the top flight. The Cork-native left the club in December 2008, citing differences with owner Ellis Short.

Roy Keane manager

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.

Keane has not worked in coaching since leaving Nottingham Forest in 2019, where he had been O’Neill’s assistant.

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