Stephen Kenny’s time as Republic of Ireland boss came to an end earlier this week after the Football Association of Ireland confirmed it will not be renewing his contract.
Roy Keane is the new 15/8 favourite with Betfair to be the next Republic of Ireland manager, having been 9/1 at the start of the week.
Roy Keane to become Republic of Ireland boss?
On Keane potentially becoming ROI boss, Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: “Roy Keane has been heavily backed by punters to be the next Republic of Ireland manager since it was announced Stephen Kenny’s contract would not be renewed on Wednesday. The former Man United captain is the 15/8 favourite to replace Kenny, having been 9/1 at the start of the week. England Under-21s boss Lee Carsley is 9/2 to fill the vacancy, with former Celtic manager Neil Lennon 6/1 and Chris Hughton 8/1.”
Keane’s last managerial role came back in 2009-2011 with a spell as Ipswich Town boss. Following that stint, on 5 November 2013, the FAI announced that Martin O’Neill had been made the Republic of Ireland manager and that Keane had been made the assistant manager. The duo left their role in 2018 by mutual agreement.
Keane’s last role in coaching saw him become assistant manager of Nottingham Forest in January 2019 until June of the same year.
Should Keane return to the national side, he will join on the back of a rather disappointing Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, which saw the Republic of Ireland win two and lose six, finishing 4th in Group B.