Roy Keane has made no secret of his desire to make a return to club management and he has been on the radar of a number of clubs over the course of the past few years. Nevertheless, the Republic of Ireland assistant has turned down opportunities, including the chance to manage Celtic, and he has stressed that he is enjoying his current role with the national team.
Of all the possible destinations for Keane, the League of Ireland would hardly be considered realistic, but, according to a report in the Irish Independent, Limerick were keen to land the services of the former Manchester United captain following the dismissal of Martin Russell in April.
The newspaper claims that the Shannonsiders were willing to pay the 45-year-old “a figure in excess of €250,000 per year” in order to lure him to the Markets Field, which would have made him the highest paid coach in the history of the league.
— Limerick FC (@LimerickFCie) May 18, 2017
The Cork native is a regular at many League of Ireland games, particularly those of his hometown club Cork City, and he was in attendance at Limerick’s game against Drogheda United shortly after Russell’s departure.
However, the Limerick Leader has since run a story in which a club source dismisses the claims made in the Independent, describing them as “absolute, total rubbish”.
The rumours of Limerick’s desire for Keane come a day after the club appointed Neil McDonald as Russell’s successor. McDonald, who has served as assistant manager to Sam Allardyce at West Ham and Blackburn Rovers, signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the club.