Roy Keane ‘could make a stunning return to management with Salford’ as Class of 92 weigh up installing their ferocious former Manchester United captain as manager of League Two club
- Roy Keane is the leading candidate to become the next Salford manager
- The club are looking for a new boss after sacking Graham Alexander
- Keane was in attendance for the club’s 2-2 draw with Tranmere on Saturday
- The former Republic of Ireland coach has been looking to return to management
Manchester United legend Roy Keane has emerged as the leading candidate to become the next Salford manager after Graham Alexander was sacked on Monday.
Keane was in attendance for the club’s 2-2 draw with Tranmere on Saturday, which proved to be Alexander’s final game in charge, and was sat alongside co-owners Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.
Roy Keane has emerged as the leading candidate to become the next Salford manager
Keane was sat with Gary Neville and Paul Scholes for the club’s 2-2 draw with Tranmere
Scholes, co-owner of the club with former team-mates Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Nicky Butt, has been put in temporary charge and will be in the dugout for the trip to Port Vale this weekend.
Alexander led Salford to promotion to League 2 in his first season in 2018-2019. He leaves the club in fifth place, having gone unbeaten in the first five games.
Keane, who is currently working as a pundit for Sky Sports, has previously managed Sunderland and Ipswich and also had spells as coach at Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.
Keane would be working under his former United team-mates should he be appointed as boss
Graham Alexander was sacked on Monday after the club let a two goal lead slip on Saturday
He guided Sunderland to promotion from the Championship in 2007 and was named manager of the year before he resigned in 2008.
The ex-United captain was a fiery character on the pitch and has carried that personality into his work as a manager and pundit.
Should he take charge at Salford he would be working under his former United team-mates.
Paul Scholes, who owns 10 per cent of the club, will take over as interim manager this week
Salford are currently fifth in League two and are unbeaten with two wins and three draws
Salford’s development coach Warren Joyce would have taken charge but is currently isolating – however he is set to join Scholes on the bench when he is able to.
Bookmakers currently have Joyce as the favourite to be the next permanent boss while former Wigan manager Paul Cook is also among the contenders.
Scholes previously took the job of his home town Oldham in 2019 but resigned after a month citing interference from the owner.
And he also managed Salford City with Phil Neville in 2015 for one game when Phil Parkinson was sacked when the club were still in the Northern Premier League Division One North.