Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Roy Keane considering return to Cork

Roy Keane
Roy Keane

Irish soccer legend Roy Keane is considering moving back to his hometown of Cork.

The former Republic of Ireland captain said he has been thinking about the possibility of returning home over the past couple of years and would not rule it out.

The former Manchester United midfielder still has strong family roots in the southern city, returning there several times a year, often to help with his role as ambassador for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Keane said most of his best friends are still in Cork and revealed that when he is among his old school friends, or those he played football with in the early days, he feels truly comfortable.

The 42-year-old is also keen to get another role in football management before he finally retires completely from the 'beautiful game'.

Keane admits he is effectively "unemployed" since he was sacked from Ipswich in 2011, for failing to turn the club's fortunes around.

Since then, he has done some commentating on television as well as promoting the guide dog charity, travelling and spending time with his wife and five children.

But Keane admitted that he strongly hopes he will have one more opportunity to manage a football team.

"I suppose it is out of my hands, but it's in the back of my mind. Listen, I might not get that opportunity. I'd like to think there would be one more opportunity to get back and chance my arm, but I'm not sitting around hoping that managers will lose their jobs so I can get it. Things like that are meant to be or they're not."

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