Nottingham Forest assistant manager Roy Keane was quizzed on Sky Sports (24th April) over whether he would be interested in taking a role at Manchester United.

The former Reds midfielder was a studio pundit for the Red Devils’ fixture with Manchester City. A game in which his former club United were beaten 2-0.

Keane arrived at Forest in February shortly after Martin O’Neill agreed to take the managerial position at the City Ground.

The man who spent 12 years at Old Trafford was not amused with his former club’s display in the Manchester-derby and tore into United.

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That prompted host Dave Jones to ask him if he’d ever consider accepting a role with the football club if he wasn’t involved at Forest – possibly as a Director of Football.

Keane told Sky Sports (24th April): “No. No. I hope and pray Ole does well here.

“Like any manager these days, if he’s losing football matches he’s going to be under pressure, but he’s got to be given a chance. That means getting a few players in that he wants at the club because clearly, he wants to get a few out.”

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Keane was a breath of fresh air on Sky Sports last night. He spoke passionately and openly without beating around the bush.

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It prompted some Forest supporters on social media platforms to query whether or not he was so brutally honest with the Reds squad on a daily basis during training sessions.

A fan favourite at the City Ground, Keane is something of a cult figure on Trentside; with some supporters viewing him as their idol.


As part of the management team, he and O’Neill have come in for some criticism lately. A poor run of form has curtailed the club’s play-off ambitions.

A good result was claimed on Monday against Middlesbrough, however, and Forest must now finish the last two games with a flourish.

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