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Keane in the running for Blackburn Rovers job after rejecting Turkish delights

After putting the ‘No’ in Constantinople, the former Ireland captain may be tempted to return to the Championship.

Roy Keane at the launch of the SHADES campaign in May.
Roy Keane at the launch of the SHADES campaign in May.
Image: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

HE INFAMOUSLY REJECTED their advances in the summer of 1993 but Roy Keane may be about to do another circuit around the contractual dancefloor with Blackburn Rovers.

The former Ireland captain has reportedly turned down a £1.4m a year contract offer from Turkish side Kasimpasa, for ‘family reasons’, and is now being strongly linked with the post recently vacated by the sacked Steve Kean.

The Telegraph reports that the Rovers job ‘is known to be of interest’ to Keane, who last coached with Championship strugglers Ipswich Town.

Keane, his wife and their five children, are living in the north-west of England after a spell in East Anglia.

Turmoil at Rovers, following Kean’s departure, and Bolton Wanderers, currently 18th in the Championship, should see the 41-year-old’s name feature prominently in the sport pages and websites over the coming days and weeks.

Eric Black will remain as caretaker boss for Rovers, owned by chicken meat processors, Venky’s, for their Saturday match against Wolves at Ewood Park.

Other names that have been mentioned in relation to the job are former Rovers player Tim Sherwood and Motherwell manager Stuart McCall.

Keane had agreed to move to Rovers, then coached by Kenny Dalglish, in ’93 only to be dissuaded by Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson.

The was much animosity between the two clubs following Ferguson’s transfer hijack and the situation threatened to boil over after Keane was red-carded at Ewood Park in August 1995.

However the fortunes of both clubs have diverged significantly since that tempestuous evening and it would take more than a few coaching master-strokes to get Blackburn back to the Premier League top table any time soon.

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