Roy Keane gives cheeky response to busy week as Sunderland job links intensify

Roy Keane offered a cheeky response when asked if he had a "busy week" ahead as he looks set to be announced as the new Sunderland manager.

The Manchester United legend has grown increasingly linked to the vacant role at the League One club while he has been working as a pundit for ITV's coverage of the FA Cup over the weekend.

He was asked by host Mark Pougatch about the speculation ahead of United's defeat to Middlesbrough on Friday evening.

"Well I've got no control over that so no comment," was his response on that occasion as he let out a wry smile.

Pougatch then pressed him again following Liverpool's win over Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.

Keane was asked if he was going to have a busy week, to which he once again replied "no comment" with another smirk on his face.

It was reported by Sky Sports that he had been interviewed by Sunderland on Friday in their search for Lee Johnson's successor.

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However, they claimed the 50-year-old is yet to be offered the position.

He was in charge of the Black Cats from 2006 to 2008, which was his first managerial position having hung up his boots just months before.

They were promoted from the Championship as title-winners during his reign, and then finished 15th in the Premier League.

After resigning in December 2008 due to disputes with the club's board, he went on to manage Ipswich Town until he was sacked in 2011.

That was his last time as the main man in the dugout, with coaching spells for the Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest having followed.

His return is being rivalled by former Celtic manager Neil Lennon, ex-Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock, and recently-sacked Hull City manager Grant McCann.

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