Roy Keane reveals why Sunderland return fell through and plans for future roles


Roy Keane

Roy Keane came close to a Sunderland return but it did not come to pass (Picture: Getty Images)

Roy Keane has spoken out on why his proposed return to Sunderland did not come off last week, saying things didn’t ‘fall into place’ but he is still open to return to management if the right opportunity arises.

Keane has not been the main man at a club since leaving Ipswich in 2011 but was interviewed over a shock return to the dugout with Sunderland, who he managed from 2006-08.

The Irishman did not make the blockbuster return to the Stadium of Light, with the Black Cats hiring Alex Neil instead, and Keane has said that everyone’s needs were not met during his talks with the club.

Speaking at The Overlap Live in Manchester, the 50-year-old said: ‘I’ve said it before. The deal has to be right for everyone.

‘It didn’t fall into place last week. It wasn’t meant to be. ‘Everything has to be right. The right challenge. The right contract. You have to fancy it.

‘I’ve not had that opportunity the last few years. There has not been a club where I think, “I’m the right fit for that club”.’

The Manchester United legend could still return to management, but does not sound too fussed whether it happens or not, only keen to take on the ideal opportunity for him.

‘If I don’t get another chance, it’s no big deal,’ he said.

‘You need a bit of luck. The right club has to give you the call. That hasn’t happened. It’s no big deal.’

Keane is not short of work, regularly appearing on Sky Sports’ football coverage and he will continue to do so unless a perfect opportunity arises to return to a club.

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