Roy Keane has emerged as a candidate for the vacant Doncaster Rovers job.

The 47-year-old has left his position as assistant manager of Championship side Nottingham Forest today to focus on his managerial career.

League One outfit Doncaster are looking for a replacement for Grant McCann, who left the club to join Hull City two days ago.

Ex-Rotherham United and Leeds United boss Steve Evans, who is currently the Gillingham manager, has been installed as the bookies’ surprise favourite for the position. Swindon Town’s Richie Wellens is also a contender, but has insisted he is not interested in the job, as reported by The72.

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Keane, who played over 650 games in his playing days for the likes of Forest, Manchester United and Celtic, can be found as the third favourite on SkyBet with current odds of 6/1.

After retiring from playing in 2006, Keane got his first manager’s job at Sunderland and spent two years at the Stadium of Light. He guided the Black Cats to the Championship title in 2007.

He then joined Ipswich Town in 2009 and had a couple of seasons of mid-table obscurity in the Championship before he was sacked in January 2011.

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Keane has since held roles as assistant manager at Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa and Forest but is now looking to get back into the dugout.

Doncaster is an option for him and a potential opportunity to get back into the managerial game. The Yorkshire side finished 6th in the third tier last season.


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