Roy Keane has been backed to make a return to management by former team-mate Teddy Sherlingham.
It’s been almost a decade since Roy Keane last took charge of a club but he has as assistant manager with Aston Villa, Nottingham Forrest and most memorably the Republic of Ireland which saw his nation quality for the European Championships in 2016.
Stepping away from management and coaching, Keane has also become a hit in the sports punditry world. His lack of filter bodes well for headlines, and he’s both entertaining and insightful.
See below for his criticism of Kyle Walker which sparked a reaction from Manchester City — pictures courtesy of Sky Sports:
🗣 "Because he's up against an idiot"
Roy Keane was far from impressed with Kyle Walker's defending today 👀pic.twitter.com/M35Ch2kkCb
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) November 8, 2020
However, Teddy Sheringham believes that the Manchester United legend is destined for a return to the dugout.
Sheringham won three Premier League titles and a Champions League with Keane as his captain.
“Footballing mentality would probably say that Roy Keane needs another job,” Sheringham said in an interview with CardsChat, as cited by the Daily Star. “I think if you would ask him, honestly, what he wants, he wants to prove himself as a top manager.”
Sheringham accepts that there are faults to Keane’s management.
“I’ve got to be honest,” he said. “I think he’s got what it takes to be a top manager. He has that desire, he demands the highest standards when people are around him at the football ground, whether it be a player or a manager, and I think he could do a good job.
“He’s a very single-minded, speaks his mind probably a little bit too much at times to be a manager, but if he could tone that down a little bit, then who knows?”
In the modern game, I’m not sure where Keane could do a job at the top level or whether he would land a position in the Premier League. It might need to be another Championship club with a view or promotion, like Keane did with Sunderland many moons ago.