Roy Keane

Where is Roy Keane now?

A legend of the Premier League, former Manchester United captain Roy Keane called time on his playing career in 2006 after a short spell in Scotland with Celtic.

Keane won a number of trophies during his time at Old Trafford including seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the UEFA Champions League and also the Scottish Premier League with Celtic.

He also played for and captained the Republic of Ireland national side and won a total of 67 caps.

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It was widely thought that Keane would go into the coaching side of the game once his career was over and in August 2006 he joined Championship side Sunderland as manager.

He enjoyed success at Sunderland winning the Championship title in his first season. However, his time in the Premier League proved to be a much tougher task with a relegation battle in his first season and inconsistent form during his second season.

After two years at the club Keane resigned citing differences with their major shareholder Ellis Short and chairman Niall Quinn.

However, he wasn’t out of football management for long and joined Ipswich Town as their new manager in April 2009 with a remit to get the side back up to the Premier League.

Unfortunately his Ipswich side struggled on the pitch and never gained enough momentum to push for a promotion challenge and Keane was sacked in 2011.

In November 2013 he was back in management when he was asked by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill to join his coaching staff as assistant manager.

In October 2014 Keane released his second autobiography called The Second Half which, true to form, contained a no holds barred account of his footballing life.

In the same year Keane was appointed as assistant manager to Paul Lambert at Aston Villa, combining the role with his existing Irish one.

The dual role that Keane had taken on didn’t work and he left Aston Villa as he was unable to juggle his responsibilities for both club and country.

Focusing solely on the Republic of Ireland national team, Keane and O’Neill had a successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign finishing third in a tough group and beating Bosnia in the play-offs.

The team had a good Euro 2016 tournament beating Italy to qualify from their group but went out in the second round to hosts France.

After a disappointing campaign for Ireland in the inaugural UEFA Nations League which led to relegation from their group, both O’Neill and Keane left their posts by mutual consent in November 2018.

The pair weren’t out of football for long and they joined up once more just two months later when they joined Championship side Nottingham Forest, both having played for the club earlier on in their careers.

However, Keane left the City Ground after just five months as he wanted to resurrect his managerial career.

Away from coaching Keane regularly appears as a pundit on ITV’s football coverage of Champions League football and has gained massive popularity for his “harsh but fair” analysis of games.

Since September 2019 he has been working for Sky Sports as a pundit on their Premier League coverage.

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Roy Keane: Premier League Statistics

NationalityIrish
PositionMidfielder
Appearances366
Goals39
Yellow Cards69
Red Cards7
Premier League Teams Played forNottingham Forest, Manchester United

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com