Roy Keane could make his return to football management pretty soon as he is reportedly in talks to become the new Azerbaijan manager.
Nobody woke up this morning expecting that headline…
The Manchester United legend has worked as a pundit on Sky Sports since stepping down from his assistant manager role at Nottingham Forest in 2019, where he worked with Martin O’Neill – not for the first time.
Keane previously worked as an assistant at the Republic of Ireland and Aston Villa (under O’Neill) but these stints came after his initial introductions to management when he was in charge of Ipswich Town and Sunderland.
According to The Sun, Azerbaijan want Keane and the 48-year-old is eyeing up a return to management. The Irishman supposedly has this week to make a decision with Azerbaijan seeking a replacement for Nikola Jurcevic.
They had a terrible Euro 2020 qualifying campaign — finishing bottom of Group E with only one point.
Perhaps they heard Keane’s recent rant on David de Gea and thought he’d scare their No.1 goalkeeper into becoming the best goalkeeper there ever was, right?
Jokes aside, this story came out of nowhere and it will be interesting to see how it develops over the comings days if Azerbaijan have set a deadline.