Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has tipped his former teammate Roy Keane to take up the managerial job at Sunderland as he believes that he is capable and fit for the role. Ferdinand has revealed that he believes Keane has what it takes to succeed at Sunderland but may need to change his managerial approach if he is going to be successful in a second spell at the club. Sunderland are reportedly in advanced talks with Keane for him to become their permanent manager following the sacking of Lee Johnson as manager in the past month.


Alex Neil and Grant McCann are still candidates for the job but according to reports, the League One club have identified Keane as their number one and priority option to become the next manager at the Stadium of Light. Keane has reportedly impressed the club’s bosses during an interview session that he had with the Black Cats last week and the club are said to be very eager to agree a deal in principle with the former Manchester United captain as soon as possible.

Keane helped the club seal the Championship title 15 years ago and cemented his name in the hearts of the ckubs‘ fans so managing them now could endear him further to the fans especially if he does a good job. The 50-year-old turned his attention to punditry and has worked for the likes of ITV and Sky Sports since resigning as Nottingham Forest’s assistant manager back in 2019.

Speaking on his Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand stated that he would love to see his former teammate take up the job and that he would also love to see him do well. He went further to mention that he would also live to see Keane improve and further his managerial career.