Keano turns down the Turks, will it be Blackburn next?
The rather exotic prospect of Roy Keane managing in Turkey has been put to bed for now, increasing speculation that he could be in line for the vacant manager’s position at Blackburn.
Keano had looked all set to up sticks and move to Turkish side Kasimpasa SK earlier this week, but according to a report in The Irish Times this afternoon, Keane, having been offered the job, turned it down because of the upheaval it would cause for his family.
While it would have been interesting to see how Royston would have coped out east, it may not long before we see him back in the dugout after all.
He has been tentatively linked with taking over the role vacated by Steve Kean at Blackburn in recent weeks, a position for which his old sparring partner Mick McCarthy is also thought to be under consideration for.
Although Keane turned down the Kasimpasa job for family reasons, it will be speculated that he did so because of his links with the Blackburn gig, which would seem to suit him in a geographical sense at least considering he spent so long in Manchester, which is within spitting distance of his potential new home.
Even if Roy doesn't get the Blackburn job, he'll no doubt be hoping to get back in the game before too long.
Not only will he be keen to return having not managed since January 2011, the alternative is a season spent in the studio beside Adrian Chiles, a prospect even the most patient of us would find an incredibly trying one.