Kenny verdict on ex-teammate Keane potentially landing Sheffield United job
Roy Keane wouldn’t succeed at Sheffield United because the players at his disposal couldn’t replicate his lofty standards.
That is according to ex-Blades goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider with United still on the lookout for their next permanent manager.
Paul Heckingbottom is currently in interim control of United after Chris Wilder left his post in March.
Kenny floated the idea of Keane as the next Blades boss before explaining why it would never work out at Bramall Lane for the 49-year-old.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “That’s the problem with someone who was so good. Roy Keane, for example.
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“I played a couple of times in Ireland squads with Roy. He’s straight down the line, no messing about.
“I got on with him. Everything had to be 100 per cent or you’d know about it. He’s got incredibly high standards.
“That’s the problem with him being a manager. Because he was so good, he expects players to be at his standard and they’re not. I’m not so sure he can deal with that.
“He’s had a bit of a managerial career, but it’s been 10 years since he was last employed.
“Is he up to it? Is he up to bringing a team that have just gone down straight back up? It would be tough because he’s been out of the game so long.”
United are currently rooted at the foot of the Premier League having amassed just 14 points from 31 matches.
Heckingbottom is currently the bookies’ favourite to take the job on a permanent basis, followed by the likes of Neil Lennon, Eddie Howe and Frank Lampard.