Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 24 May 2015

We're always Keane to hear more from Roy

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Martin O'Neill, left, and Roy Keane, right, signed two-year contracts with the FAI on Tuesday
Martin O'Neill, left, and Roy Keane, right, signed two-year contracts with the FAI on Tuesday

Roy Keane is compelling viewing – when he's in the television studio that is, not on the sidelines.

The Manchester United legend has dipped his toes back into the coaching waters by linking up with Martin O'Neill at the Republic of Ireland.

That's good news for the supporters and Irish journalists who hope Keane can inject some of his world famous fire into the players' bellies while guaranteeing that there is rarely a dull moment in the Republic camp.

Do we really want the man, who likes unleashing an explosive tirade on the training ground or on our television screens, exacting revenge or blasting players? Yes we do.

Roy Keane was a fantastic player. Now he's a fantastic pundit. Sir Alex Ferguson would probably be quick to point out that his former midfield general hasn't been a fantastic manager to date.

After short managerial spells at Sunderland and Ipswich Town, the man who started his career at Cobh Ramblers is back coaching but he's still a man with plenty of opinions and he's happy to express them.

Keane's performances as a pundit leave us wanting more.

ITV presenter Adrian Chiles may be a little nervous when a menacing glare is visible but Roy tells it as he sees it. Rather like tennis legend John McEnroe, we might not agree with everything he says but we still want to hear him say it.

Too many pundits are boring while Keane is content to start a bun fight in the studio.

And let's be honest – anyone who isn't afraid to blast Sir Alex Ferguson is always worth listening to.

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