• Republic of Ireland

Keane admits he may never manage again

ESPN staff
September 28, 2013
Roy Keane now works as a pundit for ITV © Getty Images

Roy Keane has hinted he may never return to management after admitting he feels his skills aren't up to scratch.

Keane's managerial career got off to a fine start at Sunderland after winning the Championship and leading them to the Premier League in 2007, but he was then sacked in December 2008 with the club in the relegation zone.

He failed to win promotion with Ipswich in an unremarkable stint between 2009 and 2011 and has not returned to the dugout since.

Keane, 42, has been linked with the vacant Republic of Ireland job after Giovanni Trapattoni's exit earlier this month, but denies he has had any contact with the FIA.

"First of all, nobody has approached me about the job and secondly I do not know if I will ever return to management," said Keane.

"I loved my time at Sunderland and had a bad experience at Ipswich. But when I look at the pressures associated with football management, I ask myself do I really need it?

"Football management is a 24-hour task and maybe I am missing certain skills ever to be a successful boss."

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