Roy Keane has revealed that he held an interview to become the manager of a Championship club over the summer at his house.
Former Manchester United midfielder Keane is best known for his time as a player, winning seven Premier League titles and the Champions League.
But the Irishman has also spent plenty of time in the dugout too, taking charge of no less than 181 matches as manager of Sunderland and then Ipswich Town.
Keane has been out of management for almost 10 years since he was sacked by Ipswich, though he has worked as an assistant for the Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.
The 50-year-old now regularly appears on various TV gigs as a pundit.
But it appears Keane still has one eye on returning to management after revealing he had a meeting with the chairman of a Championship club about a vacant manager’s position.
“I’ve had interviews, I had an interview recently,” Keane told Gary Neville on The Overlap.
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“I spoke to a Championship club about three months ago. It was very casual, it was at my house, a chat with the chairman. And to be fair, he was straight up, he went, ‘Listen, we just want somebody who can come in and win football matches’.”
“That was fine with me, I didn’t have to break down styles of play. And I think if you’re winning matches, people don’t then question, ‘What’s your style of play?’ You just bounce into the next match, don’t you? And we did it as players.”
Keane has had plenty of falling outs in the past as a player and a manager, and he is now renowned for his straight-talking style.
And he admits that he thinks those incidents and his approach can stand against him at times.
“When you’re a manager and you lose your job, it’s a long way back,” Keane continued.
“Again, perception. People probably think I’m not up to it, they see me on the television they think, ‘He’s a bit of a headcase.’
“I fell out with (Mick) McCarthy, (Alex) Ferguson, they think, he’s trouble, but I don’t think I am… You were supposed to say there you’re not!”