Roy Keane, born August 10 1971, is regarded as one of the best footballers ever to play for the Republic of Ireland.
His managerial career began with a very successful spell at Sunderland when he led the Black Cats to the Championship in his first season in 2007 then kept the club in the Premier League the following season. He was twice named Championship Manager of the Month in 2007. After stepping down in December 2008 he returned to management with Ipswich Town four months later. He did not his achieve his ambition of leading the Suffolk club back to the top flight and left Portman Road in January 2011. Keane is a UEFA Pro Licence holder.
As a player Keane first emerged as a very talented schoolboy with Rockmount AFC and was capped at a number of underage international levels. He joined Cobh Ramblers in 1989 and made rapid progress with the First Division club after enrolling in the FAI Fas Academy in Leixlip. He signed for Nottingham Forest the following summer.
He made his debut for Brian Clough's Forest side against Liverpool at the start of the 1990–91 season and developed into an integral part of the side as Forest progressed to the 1991 FA Cup final, where they were beaten by Tottenham Hotspur. He made his senior international debut for the Republic of Ireland in May 1991.
The following year Keane played for Forest in the Football League Cup final, where they lost to Manchester United. He won a Full Members Cup medal with Forest in 1992 but after they were relegated the following year he moved to Manchester United.
In his first season at Old Trafford the Red Devils won the Premier League and FA Cup Final double for the first time. His playing career at Manchester United was hugely successful as he ended up with a personal haul of seven league winners medals, four FA Cup honours, a UEFA Champions League medal in 1999 and a FIFA Intercontinental Cup the same year.
Keane's club career ended with Celtic where he won the Scottish Premier League title in 2006 and helped the club to the Scottish League Cup the same season.His individual accolades as a player included two Premier League Player of the Month awards and the 2000 Football Writer's Association Footballer of the Year award. He was FAI Senior International Player of the Year in 1997 and 2001. He won the FAI Young Player of the Year award in 1993 and 1994.
His international career included a string of outstanding performances at the 1994 World Cup Finals in the USA and he played a pivotal role as Ireland qualified for the 2002 World Cup Finals in Japan and Korea. After a controversial departure from the national team squad ahead of that tournament Keane opted out of international football but returned in April 2004. He ended his Ireland career with 67 caps and nine international goals.
When Martin O'Neill was appointed Republic of Ireland manager in November 2013 he announced that Keane would be his assistant.