Last updated : 08 September 2004 By editor

From The Independent:

'Brian Kerr, the Irish manager, revealed that Keane had expressed "an interest" in developing young players. "He thought he would have that influence," Kerr said as he spoke about the discussions he had with Keane before Ireland's most famous sportsman returned from international exile.

The Manchester United captain has played two friendly matches under Kerr but tonight, against Switzerland in a World Cup qualifier, will mark his first competitive appearance for almost three years. "In the last couple of days he has had an influence," Kerr said. "I have seen him talking. He might be talking about house prices in Cork but he seems to be taking on the role of the experienced player." Was it a sign of a mellower Keane? "I have never seen the unmellow side," was Kerr's smiling reply.'