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28th Nov 2021

Roy Keane responds to suggestions he should have been named Man United interim boss

Daniel Brown

“They were never gonna call me, that was never gonna happen.”

Roy Keane has responded to suggestions that he should have been appointed Manchester United’s interim manager until the end of the season following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian was dismissed following the Red Devils’ 4-1 loss at Watford, with Michael Carrick named as caretaker manager.

United announced that while the club searched for a permanent manager, they would look to appoint an interim boss until the end of the current campaign.

It has since been confirmed that former RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick has agreed a deal to become interim manager, however, many people had suggested that Keane could have been a short-term option at Old Trafford.

Despite this, the former United midfielder has dismissed the idea, stating that the club were ‘never going to call him’, adding that he would have ‘no problem’ taking control of a dressing room.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Keane was asked about the prospect of him taking the reigns at his former club – to which he responded in clear and concise manner.

He said: “They were never gonna call me, that was never gonna happen.

“I’d have no problem going into any dressing room trying to take control of a dressing room, I’ve managed in the Premier League and I don’t think it would be a problme to me, but it was never going to happen.

“People tend to forget that I have managed before and I did okay in the Premier League with Sunderland.”

Keane has enjoyed previous stints as a manger at Ipswich and Sunderland – having taken charge of nearly 200 matches during his time at the two respective clubs.

In total, he has taken charge of 181 matches as a first-team boss, winning 72 games, drawing 40 and losing 69.

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