Martin O'Neill surprised that no club took a chance on Roy Keane

Martin O'Neill has admitted he is surprised no club has taken the chance to hand Roy Keane a return to management.

The new Republic of Ireland manager appointed the 42-year-old as his assistant last week with Keane having been out of the game since losing his job at Ipswich in January 2011.

I am. I know that he feels things didn't go very well at Ipswich for him.

I think sometimes it's forgotten as well that in his first season, he actually got Sunderland promoted and did very well. Some of those things get lost in time and people want to forget that.

But I think I was surprised that he hadn't had another opportunity, that somebody wouldn't have taken a chance with him.

But who knows what might happen here? He's here, he is focussed on it. He wants to do it and I think you will find tomorrow that he is especially ready for it.

– Martin O'Neill.

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