Roy Keane (Next Ireland manager): Are you having a laugh?
I have heard some horrible rumours in the last week that Roy Keane is actually being considered for the Ireland job and is third on the bookmakers list behind only Martin O Neill and Mick McCarthy.
Now, Roy Keane as a player was one of the best I have ever seen and as a leader on the field he was second to none.
It is the view of this column however, anyone who can walk out on his country on the eve of a world cup finals, does not deserve to even have his name mentioned when it comes to selecting the next Ireland manager.
Keane was one of the very best midfielders on the planet at the time and for him to walk out on his team mates, regardless of his views on the manager was an absolute disgrace that this column for one, will never forgive him for.
As brilliant as Keane was as a player, he was also a thug who famously ended the career of Alf-Inge Halaand in a revenge tackle (ironically because Halaand was unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of a Keane tackle in which Keane came off worst!). If this had happened outside of a football pitch, Keane would’ve been jailed for GBH.
When you take into account the fact that Keane has made a complete hash of managing at both Sunderland and Ipswich, it is very difficult to see how he can even be linked with an International job.
Keane said this week that Alex Ferguson didn’t know the meaning of the word loyalty (talk about the pot calling the kettle black) if only he had been loyal to his country, when we needed him most!
This column for one will be disgusted if he is even interviewed for the job hopefully the FAI have some sense and Keane can stick to giving his very interesting opinions on ITV!
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