The recently departed Aston Villa assistant may look back over the summer with a few regrets...
Last summer, it looked to many as though Roy Keane was all set for the manager's job at Celtic.
Rumours circulated, comments were made and the former Celtic midfielder was a stone's throw away from being unveiled by the club.
And yet - it never happened. The Irishman was said to have turned the job down and was unimpressed by the fact that Celtic 'wanted him' but 'failed to rock his boat.'
But does the 43-year-old now regret that summer snub?
Keane went on to become the assistant boss at Aston Villa but today left that job to concentrate on his work with the Republic of Ireland, where he is also assistant manager.
The timing, however, does not necessarily make that much sense...
Roy Keane knows best but slightly strange timing saying he wants to concentrate on Republic of Ireland when their next game is 4 months away— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) November 28, 2014
Indeed, if it is a case of Keane leaving Aston Villa as a result of their poor recent form, one wonders just what he has gained from going to Villa Park.
His reputation is as it was - if not worse - and it simply seems like time wasted appointing him for the club.
Yes, Keane still has a high-ranked job with his country, something he is no doubt very proud of and keen to pursue. But how different would his career be if he had taken the Celtic job? Or would it all have ended in tears, anyway?