The Boys in Green captain hopes a no-nonsense coach is appointed following Giovanni Trapattoni's departure, and would not be against Mick McCarthy returning to the national fold
Speaking ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan, the Ireland captain told reporters of the qualities he's looking for in the country's next permanent head coach.
"I want someone who is honest, who doesn’t mess around, who understands how important it is to be proud to be an international manager, to be proud of what we are trying to achieve in Ireland," said Keane.
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Keane was asked if this meant he wanted a manager capable of standing up to players. “Everything to be honest with you, I don’t want to be specific on certain things but I think [he needs to do] everything," Keane explained.
“Whatever you think that that is, then that’s probably right. Probably everything that comes into being an international manager, knowing that if someone doesn’t get picked or something like that, are you going to be upset with a manager who is very strong in his views?”
Keane was also pressed on the possibility of Mick McCarthy returning to the helm, and the 33-year-old admitted he would be delighted if the former Ireland boss was re-appointed to the position.
“Mick is a good man and he ticks all the right boxes for what we’ve talked about so why not?” Keane continued.
“Many countries have done it before where they have welcomed back managers and why should we be any different but it would be the same for Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane.
"I don’t know who is in the running but the managers mentioned have been names I’ve liked.”
While the Republic’s record goalscorer admitted he might not be ready for it himself, he revealed managing his country is certainly an ambition.
“Not at the moment, it’s clearly something that in the future I’d consider after I do my coaching badges which I will do but that’s all a fair way off in the future,” Keane added.
Keane has been passed fit for the clash with Kazakhstan after missing Friday’s 3-0 defeat to Germany in Cologne with an ankle injury and is set to win his 130th international cap at the Aviva Stadium.