Former Millwall boss Ian Holloway has claimed it “could work a treat” if the club decided to appoint Roy Keane as the club’s new manager.
The Lions are on the hunt for a new manager after Neil Harris stepped down from his position last week following an underwhelming start to the season which had seen Millwall drop to 18th in the Championship table.
Harris, who spent over four and a half years in charge at The Den, left the club following Millwall’s 1-1 draw with Luton Town the previous evening where his side were forced to settle for a point after Callum McManaman’s late goal.
Millwall then went on to secure an impressive 2-1 victory over Leeds with Adam Barrett in temporary charge of the side, but the club are thought to be looking elsewhere for Harris’ replacement with a number of names on the shortlist.
The likes of Gary Rowett and Mark Cooper are reportedly in the running for the job, while Roy Keane has also emerged as a candidate for the role after departing his assistant manager post at Nottingham Forest over the summer.
Holloway, who managed Millwall between 2014 and 2015, has now spoken out on reports linking Keane to the role and he has claimed it would be “great to watch” if the former Manchester United midfielder was handed the job at The Den.
“Roy Keane at Millwall. Wow. That would be interesting,” Holloway told The Sack Race.
“Most of the Millwall supporters are brilliant but they do have the odd one or two who can be pretty volatile. I can imagine Roy Keane would stand up to that, and for me that could cause fireworks, which would be great to watch.
“For Keane to go to Millwall, that would be a definite learning curve for him. The Roy Keane I know would be very outspoken, and I’m not sure that would go down very well. He says what he feels, but so do the Millwall fans. But who knows? It could work a treat. What I’m saying is would Roy fancy that, would he want to go to Millwall? I really don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Keane has not been in sole managerial charge of a club since his time at Ipswich between 2009 and 2011, while he has held assistant manager roles at Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa and Forest since then.
This would be one of the more intriguing appointments made by any Championship side over the last few years.
Keane has picked up plenty of coaching experience since his last managerial role at Portman Road, but I’m not sure his track record would make for particularly exciting reading for Millwall fans.
However, there is no doubt that Keane would bring passion and determination to the role, with these being two traits that Millwall are likely to be prioritising in their search for a new manager.
Holloway is correct in that Keane taking over at Millwall would be very interesting for the neutral football fan, but I’m unconvinced that Millwall will settle on Keane as the man to take over at The Den.