ROY KEANE should be the next Irish manager, claims former Premier League star Dietmar Hamann.
Current coach Stephen Kenny is expected to leave later this month after games against the Netherlands and New Zealand.
Keane, 52, was Martin O’Neill’s assistant between 2013 and 2018 and helped his country qualify for Euro 2016.
With Ireland having had a dark few years, Hamann believes the Manchester United legend could give the country a new lease of life.
Speak with BoyleSportsThe former Liverpool and Manchester City star said: “Roy Keane would be my first choice for the job in Ireland!”
“The national team doesn’t have a sponsor for the senior team yet, and Roy would give them five or ten sponsors in a heartbeat!”
“I’m not saying that’s the only reason they should consider Roy because we all know he can handle himself at the highest level.”
“He is a very respected man on and off the pitch. I’m not sure if he’ll take the job, but people tell me he might.”
“He would be the first person I would talk to. He would be my choice.”
Keane last coached four years ago when he assisted O’Neill at Nottingham Forest.
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His last appearance as number 1 was at Ipswich, which he managed between 2009 and 2011.
He previously won the league title with Sunderland in 2007.
Ireland have lost every game in this qualifying round except two wins against struggling Gibraltar.
Hamann, 50, believes fans deserve better.
He added: “Ireland have some players in the Premier League and a lot of them play in the Championship.”
“It’s a good standard and they have two outstanding goalkeepers alongside Evan Ferguson and others.”
“I don’t know who they’re going after, but I just hope they make a wise decision.”
“When I said ‘rock bottom’ I meant that against Greece they had 40,000 spectators and before the final whistle there were thousands left while the rest of the fans didn’t bother to boo the team!”
“I hope the FAI don’t take the fans for granted as they came every time Ireland played at home.
“Most of the time they left disappointed. The fans deserve better.”
Ireland will face the Netherlands this Saturday in Amsterdam, whose opponents can qualify with a win.
Next Tuesday they play New Zealand in a friendly in Dublin.