Keane couldn’t turn down Ireland role under O’Neill

Roy Keane insisted the opportunity to work alongside Martin O’Neill was “too good to turn down”, following his acceptance of the offer to be the Republic of Ireland’s assistant manager, writes the BBC.

Keane, who has been working as a football pundit for the past two years following his departure from Ipswich Town, said that O’Neill was just the kind of manager he would like to work for – and that he would have no problem being a No. 2.

I’m not on a big ego trip where I feel I have to be the boss, said Keane. “Absolutely, his presence was 100% a factor. I would have been crazy to have turned down the job.

Keane was in charge at Ipswich for two years, but was sacked as manager during January of 2011 following poor results that saw the club slip to 21st in the Championship.

Keane took Sunderland to the Premier League by winning the Championship in 2007 and earned Manager of the Year award the same season, having taken the club from the lower reaches of the second tier upon his appointment.

As a player, Keane was highly successful at Manchester United and earned more than 10 individual awards, including being named in the PFA Team of the Year five times.

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