Keane wants O’Neill to be new Ireland boss

Roy Keane has backed former Aston Villa and Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill to replace Giovanni Trapattoni as the manager of the Republic of Ireland, Sky Sports has reported.

Trapattoni left the position he had held since 2008 earlier in September, following World Cup qualifying defeats to Austria and Sweden which left Ireland a very remote chance of making it to Brazil in 2014. During his five years in charge, his biggest achievement was guiding Ireland to the finals of Euro 2012.

Since the Italian departed, O’Neill, who was sacked by Sunderland in March but enjoyed great success at Leicester City and Celtic, has been the clear favourite to take his place. And Keane, who won 67 caps for the Republic of Ireland, believes that O’Neill will be the best man for the job. He said: “I know a little bit about Martin O’Neill and I think Martin would be a very, very good choice.

I think the FAI have done the right thing in stepping back, taking their time and seeing what is out there. A lot of managers have been linked with it. A lot of good managers.

Keane himself has been linked with the vacancy, and when asked about the speculation, he added: “I haven’t been contacted by anyone. I have not thought about it too much to be honest with you. I have more important things to be worried about.

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