Roy Keane picks Jamie Carragher as assistant over Gary Neville or Micah Richards

Roy Keane has remarkably snubbed Gary Neville and Micah Richards as a potential number two should he return to management with the Manchester United legend selecting Jamie Carragher as his preferred assistant out of the Sky Sports pundits.

The former United captain, 50, has flirted with the idea of returning to the dugout in recent months and was odds on favourite to re-take the reins at Sunderland. Keane was previously employed at the Stadium of Light between 2006 and 2008 and oversaw their return to the Premier League in his first season in charge.

However, the reunion fell apart with the Black Cats instead opting for ex-Preston and Norwich City boss Alex Neil. But if Keane had been re-instated, there might have been more than one famous face in the dugout. The Irishman sat down with Carragher for LadBible's Agree to Disagree YouTube series to answer who out of the Sky Sports pundits would he choose as his no.2.

He said: "I'd probably take Jamie. But you've said you've no interest in getting involved in coaching but personality-wise I'd probably take Jamie. I think he'd be good with players. I think he'd be hands-on. Believe it or not, you might enjoy it."

"You don't have to be a bibs and cones man. Some people aren't like that and I'm not like that. But you might like working with good young players – if you've got a good group. But if you're with a bad group, like a lot of managers are, that's when it's tough and stressful."

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Carragher though immediately shut down any talk of becoming Keane's no.2: "I think I'd find that tough if I felt there was a group of players who didn't want to win as much as me. That's something you've spoken to me about that and that's something that you find a problem in a dressing room.

"I found that a problem in my own dressing room when I was a player. That used to really frustrate me, and I don't think you can ever want to win too much but that was me, it was almost the be-all and end-all."

However, Keane wasn't done trying to persuade his Sky Sports colleague: "But if you've got a good group, Jamie, it's the best job in the world."

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