Man United Legend Roy Keane Reportedly Set to Become New Azerbaijan Manager

Roy Keane
Roy Keane is in talks with Azerbaijan over becoming their new national boss | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Manchester United legend Roy Keane is in talks to become the next Azerbaijan manager, according to various reports.

The Manchester United legend and now Sky Sports pundit is keen to get back into management after his departure as Nottingham Forest assistant a year ago.

Prior to taking the Forest job, he had worked as a No2 with the Republic of Ireland and Aston Villa, and before that he managed Ipswich Town and Sunderland.

However, the former United hardman wants to get back into management, and is Azerbaijan's first choice for the role of head coach, according to the Daily Mail as quoted by the Sun.

Azerbaijan have been promoted to Group C and have a chance of qualifying from that as they try to get on the world football map. The terms are attractive but Keane may have to be persuaded to take the post as he wants to be sure his next job is right.

Azerbaijan are pushing for an answer in the next 48 hours as their search for Nikola Jurcevic's successor comes to a head.

A source close to the Azerbaijani FA confirmed Keane is their top choice.

Keane's outspoken views have made him a hugely watchable pundit - a prime example being his rant about David de Gea when he said he would have been "swinging punches" at the United keeper following a mistake against Tottenham.

Keane did lead Sunderland to the 2006/07 Championship title in his first role as a manager.

The report adds that he is Azerbaijan’s first choice to become their head coach for the upcoming Nations League campaign, scheduled to take place in September.