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Published: 14:59 | 4/10/16

Keane does not want football tarnished


Roy Keane feels football is 'still a great game' and should not be tarnished by the recent allegations of corruption.

England manager Sam Allardyce was sacked after he was secretly filmed offering to give advice on how to get around on FA rules on player third party ownership and negotiating a £400,000 deal with reporters posing as businessmen.

As well as Allardyce, three agents were filmed discussing corruption in football with the Daily Telegraph claiming eight current or former Premier League manager took kick-backs for player transfers.

Keane admits corruption cannot be brushed under the carpet but he has urged people to remember all the good that can come from football.

"I don’t really want to get into it too much, but when there is so much money in the game, there will be greed. It’s still a great game, we can’t lose sight of that, but it shouldn’t tarnished as much as it has been in the last few weeks," Keane told reporters on Tuesday.

"There are a lot of allegations going around, but there are a lot of great managers out there, a lot of great clubs.

"People love the game for a reason, there is a reason so many people watch it, but every now and again there will be a hiccup. Let’s not get distracted by it.

“There are some brilliant people out there, people who do a lot of good, do a lot for charity. Let’s remember what the game is all about, because it’s a wonderful game, let’s not get distracted.

"Don’t brush it under the carpet, I’m not saying that, but let the Football Association get on with it [investigation]. It [corruption] happens in other industries you know."

Keane has agreed a new deal with the Football Association of Ireland that will see him continue in his role as Republic of Ireland assistant manager for the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The former Manchester United skipper had been linked with a return to club management but he insists he is focused on his job with Ireland.

When asked if he would be open to a return to club management, Keane said: “It all depends on the club. I didn’t think I would go into management but then a brilliant club like Sunderland came in. Depends who came in, it could be Real Madrid, Barcelona, Altrincham or Barnet.

“But I’m not one for networking, I don’t have an agent. I’m committed to the Irish job, otherwise I wouldn’t have signed. My focus is on them. Talking about other jobs is irrelevant.

“I’ve had one or two opportunities while I’ve been here and they weren’t right. I’ve enjoyed the job, I’ve got great job satisfaction. I enjoy working with the staff and the players and that is very important for me.”

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