Westlife's former manager Ronan Keating has predicted Shane Filan will be the next member to leave the band, following BRYAN McFADDEN's departure.

McFadden left the Irish five piece earlier this month (MAR04) to spend more time with his family, and now Keating - who launched a solo career following the split of his boyband BOYZONE - thinks Filan will follow.

He says, "I have always thought Shane would be the one to break out on his own.

"I think he would be a success. You need a lot of ambition and passion to make it as a solo star and Shane has those qualities.

"He is the one in the group who has looked to me like succeeding. All of the boys are talented but he has always stood out as special - and he is incredibly ambitious."

17/03/2004 13:52