On the same day that Toffees boss Roberto Martinez confirmed the club are close to finalising a pre-contract deal which would bring the Irish international and Spartak Moscow man to Goodison in the summer, Irish skipper Keane hailed the player’s imminent return from Russia.
“I think he’s certainly looking to get back after the problems he’s had with the coach there,” said Keane, referring to McGeady’s well-publicised falling out with Spartak manager Valery Karpin. “I think he wants it himself, probably for the last year. I know him quite well and I know that it’s something that he’s wanted to do.
“I think if he goes there (to Everton) it would be a good club for him. I think with the other lads that are there, the Irish lads, it would be a good fit for him. They’ve a good manager, they’re a good club to play for, with a good tradition, a very stable club, so I think that would probably be the right move.”
Keane was speaking as he embarked on an FAI-run combined Uefa A and B Diploma course this week in Carlow and next week in Dublin. The course carries on from the combined Uefa A and B Diploma course in May when current and former internationals Alan Quinn, John O’Shea, Andy Keogh, Keith Andrews, Gary Kelly, Stephen Kelly, Paul McShane, Glenn Whelan and Kevin Foley commenced their studies towards becoming qualified coaches.
Keane, who was forced to miss out on May’s course due to club commitments with LA Galaxy, said he was enjoying the new experience.
“It was the first day today and I enjoyed it,” he said yesterday. “It was a good insight into how the other side works, if you like. (Coaching) is just something for further down the line. It’s not something that I’m looking to get into at the moment, it’s just that I’ve been lucky to have the time at this stage of the season — because of the amount of time that I have off — so I thought it was a good opportunity to kick-start it, to get the ball rolling, if you like. It’s certainly something that I’ll look at in the future but it wouldn’t be for a long time.”
Keane also reported satisfactory progress on his recovery from surgery on his Achilles. “It’s very good, yeah. Hopefully I’ll be running soon, in the next week or so. I’ve been doing a lot of work in the gym and a lot of work in the pool, so it’s getting there. It’s going according to plan.”
Keane, who also revealed that, after years of voting for Lionel Messi, he opted this year to give his Ballon D’Or vote to Ronaldo, added that he expects to be fit for selection for Ireland’s next game, the friendly against Serbia in Dublin, in March.