Former Town boss Keane reported to have turned down Sunderland job

Roy Keane looks pensive before kick-off at Coventry City, on New Year's Day, 2011. His days as Town

Roy Keane has turned down the Sunderland job, according to reports - Credit: Pagepix

Former Ipswich Town boss Roy Keane is reported to have turned down the chance to return to Sunderland as manager. 

The Irishman, who managed Ipswich from April 2009 to January 2011, had been interviewed for the Black Cats vacancy and was said to be the leading candidate to replace Lee Johnson as boss. 

However, The Athletic are reporting Keane has turned down the role after being offered it on Wednesday. 

Keane has not managed since being sacked by former Town owner Marcus Evans and replaced by Paul Jewell, with the former Manchester United midfielder working as assistant with the Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest during that time. He is also a leading television pundit, working with Sky Sports. 

Sunderland are said to want to appoint a manager prior to their weekend game at AFC Wimbledon, with Grant McCann, Alex Neil and former Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi the names remaining in the frame. 

The news on Keane comes as another former Town boss, Paul Cook, has been appointed by former club Chesterfield. 

Cook, sacked by Town in December, led the Spireites to the League Two title during his first spell at the club and has been charged with achieving immediate promotion from the National League now his appointment is confirmed. 

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