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Billy on the box: Roy's not Keane to be on the telly

By Billy Weir

It's not that long ago that Roy Keane told us all that he was a bit fed-up with life as a TV pundit because it didn't really challenge him enough.

And he was as good as his word because this week he has only appeared as a pundit on TV on Monday and Tuesday.

And his week of not being on TV will continue with a stint as guest presenter on Masterchef on Wednesday, a walk-on part in Eastenders on Thursday, he's presenting the news on Friday night, on Saturday R.o.y is replacing Will.i.am on The Voice and on Sunday he's doing Top Gear. Apparently they're on the lookout for a more mild-mannered presenter.

It was a risk for the Beeb pairing him with Alan Shearer. They have not always clicked but it was his first night and there was plenty of previous from old Man United and Arsenal clips to keep us entertained.

"It's always a feisty encounter, so we've a few feisty folk in the studio," began Gary Lineker, minus a tie just in case a rumble started.

"Alongside Alan Shearer, a warm welcome to the BBC to Roy Keane and a welcome back to Ian Wright," the latter, almost turning up in no shirt while Keane looked like he'd just come back from Communion and Shearer back from his new job with that bank.

They were getting on well. Wright was trying to do wrong though, poking Keano who turned the other cheek.

"I hated playing against Roy and I hated Roy. I don't hate him now," he said, with Lineker wondering if the feelings were mutual.

"Yeah, just a clash of characters, great days," came the reply as not so great days at United were confirmed by Danny Welbeck scoring the winner to come back to haunt his old team.

Still, there were words of comfort from Keane.

"It's about character and putting your body on the line, the lads have just downed tools, absolutely disgraceful, schoolboy defending," he hinted, as United longed for him to go away and be fed-up again.

Good to have him back on our screens. Lineker could get the best out of him, but whether he can work with Richard Hammond and James May...

The good, the bad and the ugly

The good: Nice to see Andy Murray inspire GB to see off the US of A in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup on the Beeb over the weekend and now they want to play France on grass in Scotland again in July. Are they mad? Outside in Scotland in July? There’s no way they’ll get three dry days in a row to finish that match.

The bad: A little disappointed with the much-hyped arrival of MLS to Sky Sports’ already bulging goodie bag in that it limped onto our screens with no fanfare whatsoever, not even a presenter in a fancy new studio. Early conclusions after Orlando City played fellow new guys, New York City FC, in the opening game — it’s the Irish League but with more fans.

The ugly: And so with England’s cricketers sent home from the World Cup to think again after replacing Captain Cook with Captain Morgan, the selectors have agreed to take things a little more seriously in selecting a new skipper. Edward J Smith is in line to be the new man at the helm, apparently he knows quite a lot about sinking ships. One for all you maritime history fans out there…

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