Liverpool legend backs ex-Sunderland manager Roy Keane to become Ireland manager and revive fortunes

Ireland fans ‘deserve better’ than the performances and results they are serving up under Stephen Kenny after hitting ‘rock bottom’ in their defeat to Greece in October.

That is the verdict of Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann, who believes former Sunderland manager Roy Keane, who captained Ireland as a player, would be the perfect manager to revive their fortunes.

Ireland have not qualified for a major tournament since EURO 2016, when Keane was the assistant manager to Martin O’Neill, and have struggled for results since Kenny took over as manager in 2020.

While Kenny has been keen to establish a consistent philosophy among his side and promoted a number of talented youngsters to the senior setup, the results haven’t followed.

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Ireland have finished fourth in their qualifying group for EURO 2024, only finishing above the world’s 198th ranked side Gibraltar, and Hamann feels change is needed in the dugout.

And he has called for Keane, who successfully managed Sunderland between 2006 and 2008, to take the reins, despite not holding a managerial role since leaving Ipswich Town in 2011.

“Ireland have a few players in the Premier League and a lot of them play in the Championship,” Hamann said. “It’s a good standard and they have two outstanding goalkeepers along with Evan Ferguson and others.

“I don’t know who they go after, but I just hope they make a wise decision. When I said ‘rock bottom’, I meant how they had 40,000 against Greece and thousands left before the final whistle, whilst the remaining fans couldn’t be bothered to boo the side.

“I hope the FAI don’t take the fans for granted as they turn up every time Ireland played at home. Most of the time, they leave disappointed. The fans deserve better.

“Roy Keane would be my first choice for the Ireland job. The national side doesn’t have a sponsor for the senior team yet, and Roy would give them five or ten sponsors straight away.

“I’m not saying that’s the only reason they should consider Roy, because we all know he can manage at the highest level. He’s a very well-respected man on and off the pitch. I’m not sure if he’ll take the job, but people tell me he may. He’d be the first one I’d speak to. He’d be my choice.”

Hamann was speaking to BoyleSports, who offer the latest Euro 2024 odds

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