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Published: 14:36 | 20/4/16

Keane hints at management return

Roy Keane has intimated that he wants to get back into management but insists his focus is firmly on Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign.

Keane guided Sunderland from the Championship to the Premier League in his first season in charge and managed to keep them in the top flight before stepping down in December 2008.

He went on to take charge of Ipswich Town in April 2009 but the club were unable to challenge for a promotion place and he was eventually sacked in January 2011.

Since joining Martin O'Neill's backroom team, the former Manchester United captain has been regularly linked with a return to club football - he held talks with Celtic before Ronny Deila's appointment in 2014 - and the Corkman admits he would like to get back to day-to-day management.

"Of course I’m really enjoying learning from Martin but the best place for me to learn is back in the (managerial) hot seat not so much in the long term but in the shorter term. I don’t want to be the assistant manager for the next 20 years but I am enjoying the current role," Keane told the Bord Gais ‘Winning in Business’ Conference in Cork city on Wednesday.

Deila will leave Celtic at the end of the season, while Aston Villa are also on the lookout for a new manager, but Keane refused to be drawn on whether he would be interested in either position.

"I have a contract with the FAI until the end of the summer and that’s what I’m focusing on at the moment and won’t be taking my eye off the ball," Keane told the conference.

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