Roy Keane is a grade A nitwit. Naturally, I’ll have to back this up, but sometimes I wonder why I should bother pointing out the bleedin’ obvious. Before arms are thrown dramatically in the air, I’ll say that, yes, I’m well aware of the quality of football he (mostly) offered to the World… but really, does that a man really make?
I’m told time and time again that Roy Keane’s fire comes from him being a man of honour. It’s his integrity in the face of football’s jessies that makes him so admirable. Rot. If Keane is a man of honour, then I’m actually a monkey’s uncle. Keane, captained his country during the South Korea/Japan World Cup. This is an honour bestowed on only the very very fortunate. Most players talk endlessly of the honour of captaining your national side. Unless you’re a sulky Keane who has the attitude of a spoilt 6 year old who has just been told that there aint gonna be a pony for Christmas.
Keane walked out on his country when they needed him most. In Saipan, Keane complained that the facilities weren’t good enough for his boys. When some of his ‘boys’ said ‘hang about a minute Roy… things may be a bit tough, but maybe we can triumph over this adversity? Come on… we need to pull together and show the entire World what we can do…" Roy stropped off home. Leading the witch hunt were Keane’s colleagues, Jason McAteer (who famously had the toys thrown at him when he made the brilliant ‘put that in your autobiography Roy’ gesture during a game) and then manager, Mick McCarthy.
Keane’s now famous rant against his old coach isn’t one for the faint of heart. Roy’s diplomacy lead him to tell his gaffer "Mick, you’re a liar… you’re a fucking wanker. I didn’t rate you as a
player, I don’t rate you as a manager, and I don’t rate you as a
person. You’re a fucking wanker and you can stick your World Cup up
your arse. The only reason I have any dealings with you is that somehow
you are the manager of my country! You can stick it up your bollocks" How would Keane deal with that from one of his players? Would he ‘fucking stick one on him’ like he did to Alf Inge Haaland?
His new boss, who he has seemingly forgotten all about, spoke against Keane after the Saipan incident, with Keane quoted as saying "Niall Quinn? Who is he? Mother Teresa?" before branding him as ‘disloyal’. Of course, now Niall Quinn is prepared to throw money at him and give him a chance, good old Keano’s morals and principals go straight out of the window.
So, Keane has ended a fellow player’s career, and clashed with various managers and branded his supporters as ‘prawn sandwich’ eaters. I sometimes feel alone in wishing utter failure on Keane, and for the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone would back him up. Let’s see if all those United fans calling for Ben Thatcher’s head feel the same.