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Roy Keane pulls out of ITV’s World Cup coverage to focus on coaching

The Corkman is fancied to take a role at Aston Villa.

keane with ITV colleagues, Adrian Chiles, and Lee Dixon.
keane with ITV colleagues, Adrian Chiles, and Lee Dixon.
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IRELAND ASSISTANT MANAGER Roy Keane is not going to Brazil this month.

The former Manchester United midfielder has pulled out of ITV’s coverage of the World Cup, the station have confirmed today.

“Roy has been a tremendous part of our pundit team in recent years, but we fully understand his decision to concentrate wholly on his coaching,” an ITV spokesperson told the Guardian. “We wish him every success for the future.”

Earlier this week, Keane asked Celtic not to consider him for the vacant manager’s job at Parkhead.

And he has since emerged as a candidate to take up the No 2 role, alongside, Paul Lambert, at Aston Villa.

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