Louis van Gaal is looking towards appointing Manchester United legend Roy Keane as his assistant should the Dutchman become the club's new manager, reports suggest.
This is according to The Irish Examiner, who claim that the 62-year-old - who has been installed as the favourite to succeed David Moyes in the Old Trafford dugout - would only be willing to take on the job if he was able to work alongside someone familiar with the club.
And while the widely respected and decorated Ryan Giggs - who will take charge of Manchester United on an interim basis until the end of the season when a long-term replacement for the hapless Moyes can be found - would appear to fit that bill rather nicely given that he has spent over 25 years at the club, the aforementioned source further reports that Van Gaal is keen for someone with a fresh perspective and managerial experience - two things that Keane can certainly bring to the table.
Whether Keane would be willing to take on such a role, however, remains to be seen. Although the 42-year-old won a plethora of silverware during a hugely successful 12-year stint with Manchester United as a player, his departure from the club in 2005 was somewhat acrimonious as he left on rather poor terms with the influential Sir Alex Ferguson.
Although his spells as a manager with both Sunderland and Ipswich were not exactly huge successes, Keane's passion, insight and ability to motivate make him ideally suited to an assistant's role akin to the one he currently holds alongside the experienced Martin O'Neil in the Republic of Ireland international setup.
Given that Keane - who also works as a television pundit and was certainly not afraid to express his views on the Moyes sacking during coverage of Chelsea's 0-0 Champions League semi-final first-leg draw against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night - was only appointed to his current job in November, you may think it might be difficult for Manchester United to entice him back to Old Trafford.
However, The Examiner suggest that it would only take a package of around €1 million to buyout the rest of his two-year deal - a price you would have thought would be well worth paying in the event that Van Gaal - who is due to step down from his role as Netherlands boss after this summer's World Cup - does become Manchester United's next full-time manager.
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