On November 5 of 2013 Roy Keane was appointed as the assistant manager of Republic Ireland and soon after there were links surrounding him with a move to Sheffield Wednesday as the owner of the Championship club Milan Mandaric had already stated his interest in making an approach for the former Sunderland coach.

The potential move of Keane to Sheffield started a series of reports suggesting that Keane would not be interested in actually coaching Republic of Ireland but Martin O’Neil stepped up to the plate and shut down those rumors.

"I would be surprised," O'Neill said. "I think Roy is really committed here. Does he want to go and manage on his own at some stage? I'd be wildly disappointed if he didn't.

"But this is a great opportunity for Roy and I think he wants it. That's my view on it. I didn't spend hours and hours talking to him about it, and he said I'd be the first to know whenever anybody comes in. But I don't see it as anything to get overly concerned about."
Martin O’Neil insisted in saying that Keane will continue working with him being in charge of Republic of Ireland but a potential move coaching another club is in his future plans.

The Championship club owner Milan Mandaric already knows that it will be a challenge having to convince Keane on abandoning his current role and making a switch to Sheffield Wednesday but he wants to make it happen as he considers Roy Keane to have a superb personality that will help out the club and help them after the departure of Dave Jones.

"If I am going to do anything with Roy, I will have to call the federation [FAI] and see if I can get a chance to talk to him," Mandaric told the Sunday Times.

"You have to go through the channels for something like that. I will probably look into that. Roy took the job with Martin O'Neill so it would be difficult to move him out of there. I would like to look at him. He has a superb personality and won promotion with Sunderland."