Roy Keane is no longer under consideration for the vacant Sunderland manager’s job, according to reports. The Manchester United icon has been heavily linked with a return to his former club but it appears that his decade-long search for a top job will continue.
Keane has not had a manager’s role since leaving Ipswich Town in 2011 but was once a highly-rated young coach during a spell with Sunderland.
He guided the Black Cats to promotion from the Championship in May 2007 after taking over earlier in the campaign with the Wearside club in the relegation places.
The 50-year-old kept Sunderland up in their maiden term back in the Premier League and remained at the Stadium of Light until late 2009 when he was dismissed.
And Keane has been hotly tipped to return to Sunderland after over 10 years without a No 1 job. Sunderland sacked Lee Johnson following a dismal 6-0 thrashing by Bolton 13 days ago and have conducted a thorough hiring process in the following fortnight.
But according to The Athletic, the former midfielder will not be considered for the job.
Keane is understood to have held at least two interviews with the Sunderland hierarchy but has dropped out of contention. Grant McCann – recently dismissed by Hull – Alex Neil and former Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi remain the top three candidates.
The League One club will want to appoint a new head coach soon after seeing their form spiral in recent weeks.
Following the defeat by Bolton, there have been successive 2-1 reverses against Doncaster and Cheltenham.
Sunderland remain in the League One play-off places but those outside the top six are hot on their heels.
Sheffield Wednesday, in seventh, are just two points behind and have a game in hand.
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