Next Sunderland manager: Roy Keane reacts after talks with club chiefs
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Keane is the overwhelming favourite with the bookmakers to replace Lee Johnson, and is known to have strong support within the club.
Keane was asked about recent reports while appearing as a pundit on ITV ahead of Manchester United’s FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough.
With a big smile on his face, Keane said: “I’ve made it clear over the last few years that I’d like to go back as a manager.
"But of course the club has to want you, you have to want to go the club and just as important, the contract has to be right.
“We’ll see how things take shape over the next few days.”