Outspoken Corkman was one Ireland's fiercest critics at Euro 2012 but his former team-mate Niall Quinn has suggested that the ex-captain could be a future national bossLove him or hate him you cannot ignore Roy Keane.
The former Ireland captain has blasted the Boys in Green for their showing at Euro 2012 and even laid into the travelling fans suggesting some were only there for the 'sing-song.' Keane hinted back in 2002 that he would like to manage his country telling the Irish Times: "Nobody would play for me but we'd have great facilities!"
His prospects of becoming Ireland manager were given a boost this week by Niall Quinn. The Dubliner, who hired Keane as Sunderland boss in 2006, said the Corkman's relentless will to win could be just the tonic the FAI needs whilst adding that the former midfielder would need to iron out his differences with the governing body of Irish soccer.
"It would take a huge leap of faith from both him and the FAI to appoint him, but also the fans he has railed against and the players he has criticised. But can he be the spark that ties it all back together and leads Irish football to redemption?" said Quinn.
He added: "There is history between him and the FAI, but there was history between him and me before he accepted an offer at Sunderland and he did a great job for me there as manager."
Following Saipan a decade ago, Keane remains a hugely divisive figure in Irish football circles. Adored on one side, despised on the other. Would you be willing to accept Keane as Ireland's national manager in the future?
We will reveal the results to our poll on Sunday AM.