Last updated : 29 January 2003 By Editor
Reuters reports that Ireland's new manager Brian Kerr held out an olive branch on Tuesday to former captain Roy Keane regarding a return to the national side. Although he declined to be drawn on whether Keane would ever don a green shirt again, Kerr hinted that he would welcome the Manchester United captain back from international exile.

Asked at his first news conference about midfielder Keane, Kerr told reporters he would leave 'no stone unturned'.

'I want Ireland to have the best team possible out on the pitch. We have a limited pool to pick from,' he said.

'I have thought about it (the Keane situation) a lot in the last few weeks,' Kerr said. 'I have a plan in mind of how I'm going to deal with it.

'I want the players to play for me, to play for us and play for you.'

Kerr's first match in charge will be a friendly against Scotland at Hampden Park on Feb 12.

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