Roy Keane Pours Cold Water on Manchester United, Louis Van Gaal Link-Up

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2014

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 13: Assistant manager Roy Keane speaks at a press conference at Gannon Park on November 13, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Patrick Bolger/Getty Images)
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Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has dismissed recent rumours linking him with a coaching role at his old club, insisting he has no plans to leave his current job.

Since David Moyes was sacked by United on Tuesday and replaced by interim manager Ryan Giggs, Keane has been linked with a role to assist either Giggs or Louis van Gaal, the current favourite to take over at the club in the long term.

However Keane, currently assistant to Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, has quashed these rumours, stating he is happy in his current job for which he is contracted until 2016.

As Damian Spellman reported in the Irish Independent, he said: 

People keep asking me about other jobs, I've got a job and I'm very happy with my job. [...]

[W]hatever has gone on at certain clubs, it really is none of my business. [...]

I have been a manager before, so I will look at David Moyes and say I don't like what happened to him. But regarding other issues at whether it be Man United or Arsenal or other football clubs, it's none of my business and it doesn't keep me awake at night.

Rumours had been reported that Keane would be Van Gaal's preferred assistant, rather than Giggs, because he has managerial experience at Sunderland and Ipswich, per Liam Prenderville in the Mirror. 

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 26:  Netherlands Manager, Louis van Gaal looks on during the the Group 4 FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Netherlands and Romania at Amsterdam Arena on March 26, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mou
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But Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney had already attempted to quash the rumours of Keane leaving his post with Ireland as well as the possibility of some kind of job share, as The Telegraph reported on Friday:

I was talking to Martin O'Neill the other day and I fully expect both Martin and Roy to be with the Irish team to the Euros in 2016.

I think that's just speculation [Keane going to United]. Roy signed his contract and Martin signed his contract and both are hugely committed to doing the job with the Republic of Ireland.

There is going to be lots of speculation as to who will manage Manchester United in the coming weeks and months but from our point of view, Martin and Roy will be staying with us for sure.

The 42-year-old Keane was announced as O'Neill's assistant in November 2013, per The Guardian, and since the pair were put in charge they have recorded one win, one draw and a loss, per BBC Sport.

Keane spent 12 years at Old Trafford, eight of them as captain, until he left the club in acrimonious circumstances in 2005, per BBC News.

Keane continues to have a bad relationship with long-term boss Sir Alex Ferguson, as these comments reported by The Telegraph's Mark Ogden suggest: 

He won seven Premier League titles under Sir Alex at United as well as the Champions League as captain of the historic 1999 treble-winning side.

Football writer Graham Ruthven points out that with United not even having a full-time replacement for Moyes yet, speculation about the assistant job seems slightly absurd:

Giggs, in charge until the end of the season, oversaw a 4-0 victory against Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

If this result is repeated in United's last three games of the season, it could see Giggs replace Van Gaal as the favourite to take the managerial role in the long term.

However, whatever else happens it now seems certain that Keane will not be imminently returning to the club he served for so many years.