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Limerick failed in surprising bid to sign Roy Keane as their manager

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 19/05/2017 Eamon Doggett

Roy Keane. © Spark Roy Keane. It has emerged that Limerick tried and failed to sign up Roy Keane as their new manager.

The League of Ireland side fired manager Martin Russell on April 3 and took their time to find his replacement before naming Englishman Neil McDonald as their new manager recently.

However, the Irish Independent has revealed that Ireland assistant boss Roy Keane was their main target and they tried to lure him to Limerick for a figure believed to be in excess of €250,000 per year.

If the deal went through it would have made Keane the highest-paid manager in League of Ireland history but still well short of the approx. €500,000 per annum he is paid by the FAI.

The 45-year-old has expressed a desire to return to management on a number of occasions while he continues to assist Martin O'Neill for the national team, but he won't be showing up on the touchlines of the League of Ireland any time soon.

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Limerick's eventual appointment Neil McDonald is an interesting appointment nevertheless, having managed the likes of Blackpool, Carlisle and Swedish side Ostersunds.

He also worked under former England and current Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce at Bolton, Blackburn and West Ham.

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