Roy Keane Tipped For Management Return With Republic Of Ireland

Roy Keane has been tipped to become the next Republic of Ireland manager by a former Manchester United team-mate.

We spoke to Louis Saha who had some fascinating takes on Keane’s managerial future, among other things this week.

Despite Saha’s backing for a return to management, he does admit Keane would have to adapt to today’s game compared to his past.

Check out his thoughts below – plus don’t miss our markets on Man Utd vs Tottenham on Wednesday night!


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Do you think Keane should think about returning to management? 

Yeah, I think so. When you are a long-term pundit, sometimes you lose your quality as a manager because they think things are as simple as they see it.

It will be good to come back to management to realise how hard the job is compared to when he is reviewing it as a pundit.

With all the respect I have for Keane, I do think he will do well, he knows football, but his mentality might not be suited for modern football, the kids nowadays are not the same. Football has changed and he will have to adapt.

It will be hard to address things the same way, those are the main points he will have to understand, which I don’t think he will find easy.

But when you have that much knowledge to share, it’s best to share with a team on a daily basis rather than on punditry or exaggerate his opinions.

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Can you see Roy managing Republic of Ireland again?

Why not? Everyone can improve, he will have understood what has been difficult in management and he’ll try to not repeat any mistakes.

He has all the qualities to be a great manager, he’s a very smart lad and has a great sense of humour.

Everyone always thinks he’s really tough, but at the same time he’s funny, and you can see it in his punditry.

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Roy  joked about Fred’s performance at the weekend, saying “has anyone seen his Brazilian passport” – do you think the player needs to do more?

Every player has to do more in the Manchester United side. If Roy was playing today and was a part of this team, he would be shouting, even if you’re playing well.

If anyone believes they shouldn’t improve, they shouldn’t be in a Premier League team. Fred has been criticised again because there are two roles, balance the team where you have to be solid, but you have to help your team-mates up front.

There are times when Fred has the opportunity to pass the ball forwards but he takes one or two touches too many. Those things can be noticed and that’s a problem.

Fred is playing for Manchester United, he’s not in League Two, and everyone will have an opinion on his performances.

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