Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has ruled out a return to Old Trafford, amid recent reports. Keane, who words as Martin O’Neill’s assistant coach with the Republic of Ireland, has been linked with returning to Man United as an assistant to Louis van Gaal, who is the odds-on favourite to be named the club’s new permanent manager. The Irishman, who has previously managed Sunderland and Ipswich Town, is contracted with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) through the Euro 2016 qualifiers and, while he admits that he would love to return to management, he is happy to be working as part of the national set-up. Keane maintains that he will remain with the Republic of Ireland, which all but rules him out of returning to Man United, where he played for 12 years between 1993 and 2005, in the summer on the coaching staff. In my quiet moments,” he confessed to Today FM. “I obviously want to go back into being a manager myself. I was at a match on Friday night, I was at a match on Saturday and I am up in the stand thinking, ‘I would love to have a team. ‘And then I’ll get back in my car and I spoke to Martin, and then I am thinking obviously I am delighted to be working with Martin and (goalkeeping coach) Seamus (McDonagh) and the other staff, so you have to be careful what you wish for. I am just really appreciating the opportunity I have at the moment. What happens further down the road. . . “
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