Roy Keane about to return to management? Celtic has been in touch

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It’s been over three years since Roy Keane left the sidelines of Ipswich Town, but having returned to coaching as Martin O’Neill’s number two with the Republic of Ireland, the former Manchester United great is clearly interested in continuing his career in coaching, in some form. Now, with the final club to employ him as a player suddenly in need of a manager, the door may be open for Keane to restart his once promising managerial career.

According to sources out of Ireland, Keane, who currently spends much of his soccer life on television, has had informal talks with Celtic about the Scottish giant’s open managerial position. From the Irish Independent:

Martin O’Neill has confirmed that Roy Keane has been approached by Celtic about taking over as manager of the club ..

… speaking at an Ireland training session at Lansdowne Road this evening, the Ireland manager confirmed that Celtic owner Dermot Desmond has approached him to gain permission to talk to Keane about the job.

“I’d be disappointed if he’s gone but a club like Celtic is a very big club and these particular offers may not come around often,” O’Neill said.

O’Neill himself is a former manager at Celtic, but that was back when the Scotland’s first division was competitive. Since Rangers were relegated to the fourth tier two years ago, Celtic’s won consecutive, practically uncontested titles. With their Glasgow rivals in the second division for this coming season, the Bhoys are expected to ease to a third straight title.

That may make Celtic’s the perfect job for Keane. After enjoying huge initial success as a manager with Sunderland, Keane’s star began to dim once the Black Cats were back in the Premier League. After leaving that club, he dropped back down the Championship to join Ipswich Town, an appointment that lasted just over 20 months.

As of now, there is no momentum to Keane’s managerial career. Given the competition he’d face at Celtic, it will be difficult to leave a spell at Parkhead without an improved résumé. At a minimum, Keane will have a stable, winning environment to grow into who he wants to be as a coach.

If Keane sees being a manager as part of his soccer future, a job like Celtic’s is the perfect way to get back on track. Whether that’s worth leaving his positions with Ireland and on television may determine if he’s back on the sidelines come August.

Report: New Arsenal manager will have small budget to re-shape squad

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Whoever takes the helm as Arsenal’s next manager will have to do some math gymnastics this summer to stretch every penny available.

According to a report from The Telegraph, Arsenal is giving Arsene Wenger‘s successor a little less than $70 million to work with in this summer’s transfer market, citing back-to-back transfer windows with club-record signings (Alexandre Lacazette last summer and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January) and three raises given to players. Arsenal paid around $78 million alone to sign Aubameyang and around $65 million for Lacazette.

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That means whoever comes in next to lead Arsenal will likely have to sell one or two players this summer to raise additional money for world-class signings.

For the last decade, Arsenal has been crying out for a new pair of centerbacks and a holding midfielder in the mould of Patrick Vieira. In addition, with Petr Cech getting older, the prospect of needing a new goalkeeper is also on the horizon.

Luckily for Arsenal, they seem to be just fine up front. From Aubameyang and Lacazette to Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey, the club has the talent to challenge for a title next season in that department.

A dozen different names have been bandied about as to who will be Arsenal’s next manager, with out-of-contract and former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique reportedly on the shortlist. Vieira, former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, Germany National Team coach Joachim Low, Juventus boss Max Allegri and Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsman have all also been linked with the job.

Tunisian player who collapsed in Spain regains consciousness

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MADRID (AP) Spanish third-division club Toledo says a Tunisian player who collapsed from heart failure during practice 10 days ago has regained consciousness.

The club says doctors removed sedative medication and Lassad Nouioui was responding well to treatment on Monday.

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They will consider removing the 32-year-old Nouioui from the intensive care unit if his condition keeps improving. Nouioui has played for a number of clubs during his 14-year professional career, notably a four-year stay at Deportivo La Coruna and a one-year spell with Celtic.

Nouioui collapsed on April 14.

The game against Real Madrid B the following day was postponed because of the problem with Nouioui.

FIFA force pace on $25B Club World Cup, global league plan

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GENEVA (AP) FIFA is forcing the pace on talks over a $25 billion offer to revamp the Club World Cup and create a global national team competition.

FIFA says President Gianni Infantino hosted a meeting last Friday with invited officials from some top European clubs.

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The European Club Association has strongly opposed FIFA’s hope for a four-yearly club tournament starting in 2021, which could rival the UEFA-organized Champions League.

UEFA has also proposed a Global Nations League. A similar project is tied to the FIFA-controlled $25 billion, 12-year offer from a consortium including investors from Saudi Arabia and China.

FIFA says it’s holding “informal ongoing discussions with different stakeholders on the topic of the future Club World Cups.”

Infantino is set to meet confederation presidents and general secretaries “in the near future,” FIFA says.

Video: De Rossi, Roma make classy visit to Hillsborough memorial

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On many occasions there are instances where teams and individuals exemplify the fact that real-life occurrences are more meaningful than sports.

Ahead of Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League meeting, Italian giants AS Roma visited Anfield –where they will face Liverpool in the competition’s semifinals.

After walking around the venue where the two sides will compete in less than 24 hours, Roma captain Daniele de Rossi and the rest of the Roma squad visited the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield to pay tribute to the 96 victims lost in the 1989 event that rocked the entire country.

De Rossi was seen laying a floral arrangement on the site, along with a note from the club that read, “In memoria delle vittime di Hillsborough AS Rome.”