Speaking recently on a video for 67 Hail Hail, Euan Davidson claimed that he believes there is substance to Roy Keane’s links to the Bhoys managerial position.
Despite having not been the manager of a football club since 2011, when he was sacked from his position as Ipswich Town boss following a run of seven losses in nine games, Keane has been touted as a rather surprising candidate to take over from the interim Celtic manager, John Kennedy, at the end of the season.
And, speaking on a video for 67 Hail Hail, Davidson suggested that there could well be some foundation to the 49-year-old’s links with the Hoops, as the club have not spoken out in denial of the reports regarding Keane.
He said: “If Dermot Desmond wanted to placate the supporters with all this talk about ‘playing the Celtic way’ and all that kind of thing, there would already be a denial from the club about appointing Roy Keane.
“If it’s so unpopular with supporters, surely they would come out and say, ‘Well, okay, no, we’re looking for this kind of manager, we’re looking for someone who can do X and Y’ – ruling out Roy Keane, but it’s just lip service until they actually deny it.
“I’ve got a very, very strong, negative feeling that it will be Roy Keane, whose last job in management was in 2011. And I think he left Ipswich after a run of seven losses in nine games. He has been done as a manager for a long, long time.
“And just because Martin O’Neill likes him, it doesn’t qualify him, just because he’s played for Celtic, it doesn’t qualify him, and just because he’s angry, it doesn’t qualify him. There’s nothing on his CV over the last decade that indicates he should be a top-flight manager, let alone a Celtic manager.”
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Indeed, as Davidson suggests, there would appear to be very little evidence that Keane would be a suitable candidate to take over at Parkhead, not only because of the sheer amount of time the former Sunderland boss has been out of the game, but also because his achievements when he was managing were not exactly remarkable.
Despite winning promotion to the Premier League with Sunderland in the 2006/07 season, and subsequently, securing a 15th placed finish in their first season back in the top flight, Keane and the Black Cats ultimately parted company with the side occupying 18th place in the league standings during their 2008/09 campaign.
And, as previously mentioned, in his second managerial job, Keane was sacked from Ipswich after a disastrous run of form, as well as the side being in peril of relegation from the Championship.