Reports: Louis van Gaal is lining up Roy Keane as his assistant for the United job 8 years ago

Reports: Louis van Gaal is lining up Roy Keane as his assistant for the United job

According to reports, Roy Keane is being tapped as the next assistant manager of Manchester United

The list of names to replace David Moyes is long and full of the most talented and famous managers in the world at the moment, but the favourite (according to the bookies) is Louis van Gaal, who is out of contract with the Dutch national team after the World Cup this summer.

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If reports this morning are to be believed, and he is in the running for the position, then he could have a familiar face with him at Old Trafford: Roy Keane.

Although Keane is already involved in the Ireland set up, van Gaal is hoping that he can tempt him to come on board as his assistant at Manchester United for next season. Both the Irish Sun and The Irish Independent are reporting that the Cork man is the first choice for van Gaal, if he ends up in charge next year, as he views his experience with the club as hugely important.

However, as Garreth Murphy points out in The Independent, there are a few problems with that scenario, first and foremost being Fergie himself. He and Keane have had what seems to be an irrevocable falling out, and he would be unlikely to be a fan of the appointment.

Another problem has been him being highly critical of United's players regularly, most recently last night, when he gave it both barrels and said they should be ashamed of themselves.

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Then again, if plans for an overhaul are to be believed, that won't matter too much as most of the current squad will be shown the door.

Hat-tip to The Irish Independent and The Sunday World