Manchester Utd legend and former Celtic midfielder Roy Keane has told the Irish Independent he is looking for an opportunity to get back into management after stints as assistant with Paul Lambert at Aston Villa and Martin O’Neill with Ireland.
Keane was once famously offered the Celtic job but turned the opportunity down because it didn’t feel right and his interaction with Peter Lawwell wasn’t ideal as cited by the Independent.
The outspoken pundit has also claimed player power has to be kicked into touch with players at the club wielding more power than the manager.
The Irishman claims with players having contacts with chief execs and owners the manager is now the scapegoat and at the lowest rung on the football ladder.
“A lot more experienced managers than me have suffered because of player power,” he stated. “Players having contacts with chief executives, chairmen and owners. In the past, you would have felt that the manager was one of the most important people at the club. Now I think the manager is at the bottom of the pile.
“If things aren’t going right, players make a few noises and the manager is gone. You have to try and change that, but it is easier said than done.
“You have to manage people, obviously, but you have to try and get rid of all that player power nonsense, especially from bad players.
“It’s changed now, but I still want to get another opportunity as a manager. I’ve worked as an assistant under Martin O’Neill and Paul Lambert (at Aston Villa), but I would like to get back in as a manager now. We’ll have to wait and see if the right role is out there and I get the right offer.”
There is some truth to what the former Man Utd captain is saying. You see on so many occasions now, players able to oust managers without a second thought.