It is speculated that the former Manchester United and Ireland football star Roy Keane will take over as the manager of the Icelandic national men’s team next month.
Roy Keane already has management experience, having headed up both Sunderland and Ipswich. The Telegraph reports that he has been unemployed after being sacked by Ipswich, under a cloud after promising and failing to return the team to the Premier League. He left Ipswich 20 months into his 24 month contract.
Keane is seen as the most likely candidate to replace Olafur Johannesson in Reykjavik; although former Reading boss Steve Coppell is also apparently in the running.
The former Manchester United captain was reportedly in Reykjavik last week to watch Iceland play in their Euro 2012 qualifier against Cyprus and has already attended talks with KSI, the Icelandic football association.
Olafur Johannesson is set to leave the national side next month. Iceland has slipped 45 places in the world rankings in just one year — now KSI is looking for a strong figure to bring the team back into shape. Iceland has never qualified for a men’s world or European cup place; but it was ranked an impressive 37th best team in the world in 1994. Now it is ranked 124th. The Icelandic national women’s team, on the other hand, is considered among Europe’s best at the moment.