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Backseat thriver... not driver.

Byline: PAUL O'HEHIR

ROY KEANE is happy taking a backseat role to Martin O'Neill, insisting: "I'm not on an ego trip where I think I've to be boss."

But the new Ireland assistant admits he was frustrated that more clubs in England didn't take a chance on him over the last two years.

Keane has been out of management since Ipswich sacked him in 2011 although he turned down Turkish side Kasimpasa as well as Iceland.

And he admitted last night that his reputation as a prickly customer may have counted against him getting back into the game sooner than this.

But Keane is determined to make up for lost time and learn from the lessons at Sunderland and Ipswich, where he conceded his recruitment of players left a lot to be desired.

"I have no problems with clubs not giving me an opportunity but I would say that some clubs should certainly have spoken to me over the last year or two," he said.

And being second in command to O'Neill is not beneath Keane. He said: "I've only been a boss for two minutes. It's not as if I've been a manager for 20 years.

"I'm not on some big ego trip where I feel I have to be the manager. I've generally been answering to people throughout my career, particularly when I was a player and I've no problem with that, particularly when I work with people who show me respect.

"Sometimes I think it's easier to get a job if you're in a job. It's not like I've been putting my feet up. I've kept myself busy. What happens down the road? I'm still quite young. I've not closed the door in terms of being a manager in England.

"People think I'm a little bit crazy but I would have been crazy to turn Ireland down. There wasn't one bone in my body which said this wasn't for me."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 14, 2013
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