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Keane is one of the leading contenders to land the Sunderland job, as he looks to end his 11-year exile as a manager at the club where his coaching career started.

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Roy Keane during his time as assistant to Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Roy Keane during his time as assistant to Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Roy Keane during his time as assistant to Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Roy Keane is still waiting for the green light to resume his management career at Sunderland and he has been given a glowing endorsement by his former boss Martin O'Neill.

Keane is one of the leading contenders to land the Sunderland job, as he looks to end his 11-year exile as a manager at the club where his coaching career started.

Now O'Neill, who is also a former Sunderland manager, has suggested the coach who worked as his assistant with the Republic of Ireland team and then briefly at Nottingham Forest has what it takes to succeed at the Stadium of Light.

Now O'Neill, who is also a former Sunderland manager, has suggested the coach who worked as his assistant with the Republic of Ireland team and then briefly at Nottingham Forest has what it takes to succeed at the Stadium of Light.

"It's a great fit because Roy had success there before," said O'Neill, speaking to The Times. "It's splendid news.

"From my experiences working with Roy, I would really want to play for him and I would readily accept any tough times and hard words for what the praise would mean if I did something terrific to please him."

O'Neill also suggested Keane enjoyed some of his best moments in football during his time as Ireland assistant manager.

"Roy said qualification for the Euros and the time in France and the night against Italy (winning with an 85th-minute goal to qualify for the knockout stage) were up with anything he did as a player.

"Roy has said it too many times for me not to believe him."

Keane was asked once again by ITV Sport on Sunday whether he expected to have a busy week as he looks to land the Sunderland role and he offered a terse 'no comment' reply.

That backs up his words on Friday night, as he admitted talks were still ongoing with Sunderland.

"I've made that clear over the last few years I'd like to go back into football as a manager," he stated.

"Of course a club has to want you, you have to want that club and just as important the contract has got to be right so we see how things take shape over the next few days."

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