Saturday 16 December 2017

Keane seeks permanent Villa move

GIOVANNI Trapattoni's first choice strike partners are both feeling sad and lonely at the moment with Kevin Doyle missing his mentor Mick McCarthy and Robbie Keane apparently suffering from homesickness.

Keane's super-sharp form for Aston Villa and Alex McLeish's obvious interest in a more permanent arrangement could mean a premature end to the Ireland skipper's LA Galaxy stint.

Speculation suggests that Keane has not settled in LA and was more than pleasantly surprised with the impact he had on Villa. So much so that he may seek a way back from America and could yet start next season in Villa colours. Doyle's Wolves woes were bad enough when McCarthy was still manager but he's missing him already.

"It's been very flat around here - everyone's very sad to see the manager go," said Doyle. "He's brought everyone to the club who plays here now and we all enjoyed playing for him.

"Everyone got on very well with the manager, myself especially, and we are going to miss him now."

"It is never nice because we all feel culpable, we are all part of it. I just wish we could have played that bit better and not ended up with the manager having to leave."

McCarthy's chances of an immediate return to management with Leeds appear to be fading after Ken Bates denied reports that an approach had been made. Wolves, meanwhile, are continue their search for McCarthy's successor today with Steve Bruce set to be interviewed by club owner Steve Morgan and chief executive Jez Moxey.

Bookmakers' favourite Alan Curbishley created a favourable impression when he spoke to Morgan and Moxey yesterday.

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