Roy Keane

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Roy Keane
Personal information
Full name Roy Maurice Keane
Date of birth August 10, 1971 (age 35)
Place of birth    Cork, Ireland
Nickname Keano
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Club information
Current club Sunderland (manager)
Youth clubs
1979-1989 Rockmount A.F.C.
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Cobh Ramblers
Nottingham Forest
Manchester United
00? 0(?)
114 (22)
326 (33)
010 0(1)   
National team
1991–2005 Republic of Ireland 066 0(9)
Teams managed
2006–present Sunderland

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August 1971, Cork, Ireland) is a former professional footballer who is now a manager. He is currently in charge of English club Sunderland. He played internationally for the Republic of Ireland, including in the capacity of captain. Domestically, he played for Nottingham Forest, Manchester United and Celtic during a sixteen-year career.


[edit] Club career

[edit] Cobh Ramblers

Roy Keane first played football for local Cork City club Rockmount, before signing for the semi-professional Irish club Cobh Ramblers. Playing for Ramblers he was mostly a striker but used to play midfield for the U-21's.

It was Ramblers' youth team manager of the time, Eddie O'Rourke, who persuaded the Mayfield man to leave the Rockmount team in 1989 and join up with Ramblers.

Roy was one of two Ramblers representatives in the inaugural FAI/FAS scheme in Dublin and it was here that he got his first taste of full-time training. At the time Roy played for Ramblers' youths' side as well as lining out for the League of Ireland side, often playing twice in the same weekend.

In the tough, physical world of the First Division of the League of Ireland, Roy more than held his own, his dedication to training noticed by many. However it was a mistake in an FAI Youths Cup game by a Ramblers player against Belvedere Boys of Dublin which necessitated a replay in Dublin. The replay was lost 0-4 but it was the performance of Roy Keane which attracted the attention of the watching Nottingham Forest scout who recommended him to travel for a trial.

Roy suitably impressed Brian Clough and his staff and in the end a deal worth £47,000 was struck between the two clubs.

[edit] Nottingham Forest

In 1989 scouts from Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest took note of his talents and promptly signed him for the sum of £47,000. Keane was quick to impress at Nottingham Forest, making his professional league debut against Liverpool.

By 1991, Keane was a regular in the side, displacing the English international Steve Hodge, and scored three goals during a run to that season's FA Cup final, which Forest ultimately lost to Tottenham Hotspur. A year later Keane returned to Wembley with Forest for the League Cup final but again finished on the losing side as Manchester United gained a 1-0 win.

[edit] Manchester United

Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers competed to sign Keane after Nottingham Forest's relegation in 1993. Manchester United were successful, signing Keane for a then-record £3.75m transfer fee. Keane immediately went into the first team, playing in centre-midfield alongside Paul Ince.

Although he maintains a low profile off the pitch, Keane was involved in numerous controversial incidents while at Manchester United, earning 11 red cards in the process. In 1995, he was sent off from an FA Cup semi-final for stamping on Gareth Southgate, for which he was suspended for three matches and fined £5,000.

After the retirement of Éric Cantona in 1997, Keane became team captain, although he missed most of the 1997/1998 season because of a cruciate ligament injury, caused by an ill-timed challenge on Leeds United player Alf Inge Haaland. As Keane lay prone on the ground, Haaland stood over Keane, accusing him of feigning injury. United were top of the league at the time, but their form dropped and they finished the season without a trophy.

Keane returned to captain the club to an unprecedented treble in 1999 of the FA Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League. One of his finest performances was an inspirational display to help haul his team back from two goals down to win 3 – 2 during the semi-final second-leg against Juventus, scoring a header to start United's comeback. Earlier in the match Keane received a yellow card that ruled him out of the final after a trip on Zinedine Zidane. United defeated Bayern Munich at Nou Camp 2-1 to win the Champions League, scoring twice in injury time after trailing one-nil for most of the match. Keane received a winner's medal though he said that he has not looked at it. That year, Keane was named Man of the Match in the finals of the Intercontinental Cup, scoring the only goal of the game as United defeated Palmeiras. As a recognition for his efforts, Keane was voted PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2000.

Keane hit out at sections of United supporters after Man Utd's clash with Dynamo Kiev, at Old Trafford, in the Champions League, 2000. He critiscised supporters for booing and jeering the team during the match and accused them of being the "Prawn Sandwich Brigade". Keane stated, "Away from home our fans are fantastic, I'd call them our die hards, but at home they have a few drinks and a prawn sandwich and then don't realise what's happening on the pitch. Some people who come to Old Trafford couldn't spell football, never mind understand it".

In 2001, Keane played against Alf-Inge Haaland for the first time since their clash in 1998, and was sent off for a blatant knee-high foul on Haaland. He initially received a three game suspension. Keane subsequently admitted in an autobiography that he intended "to hurt" Haaland, which saw him banned for a further five matches and fined £150,000. Haaland retired from football shortly afterwards, stating on his website that the cause of this was a recurring problem in his leg, rather than an injury resulting from Keane's tackle.

In 2001-2002, Manchester United finished the season trophyless. Domestically, they were eliminated in the FA Cup by Middlesbrough in the fourth round, and finishing third in the Premiership. They made the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, their furthest advance since 1999 but they were knocked out by Bayer Leverkusen. After their defeat to Leverkusen, Keane blamed United's loss of form on the players’ Rolexes, the fleets of cars, the multi-millions, and told them they had lost their hunger. (Keane in particular was supposedly to have targeted one of the England players, Wes Brown, or Nicky Butt amongst others.) Earlier in the season, Keane had publicly advocated the breakup of The Treble-winning team as he believed that his team-mates, who had played in United's victorious 1999 Champions League final, no longer had the motivation to work as hard. (Keane himself had been forced to sit out of the 1999 final due to suspension and though he received a winner's medal, he felt that he had never really won the competition.)[1] [2]

In August 2002 he was fined two weeks' wages, £150,000, and suspended for three matches for elbowing Sunderland's Jason McAteer. This caused much controversy in the English press as Keane booked himself in for a hip operation and thus would have missed those three matches anyway.

In the 2000s, Keane maintained a healthy rivalry with Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira. The most notable incident was at Highbury in 2005, at the height of an extreme period of bad blood between United and Arsenal, where Vieira was taunting Keane's teammate Gary Neville. Keane afterwards criticised Vieira's decision to play internationally for France instead of his birthplace of Senegal. [3]

On 5 February 2005, Keane scored his 50th goal for Manchester United in a league game against Birmingham City. His appearance in the 2005 FA Cup final (which United lost to Arsenal in a penalty shoot out) was his seventh such game, an all-time record.

Overall, Keane would lead United to 9 major honours, making him the most successful captain in the club's history. Keane's trophy haul with Manchester United includes: 7 Premiership titles (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003), 4 FA Cups (1994, 1996, 1999, 2004), a European Cup (1999) and an Intercontinental Cup (1999).

Keane was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2004 in recognition of his undoubted impact on the English league.

Keane was also picked on the FIFA 100, a list of the greatest living footballers picked by Pelé.

[edit] Departure from Manchester United

Keane unexpectedly left Manchester United on 18 November 2005, during a protracted absence from the team due to injury. He played his last competitive game for Manchester United in September 2005, which was a 0-0 against rivals Liverpool in which he sustained a broken foot after a challenge with Luis Garcia.

Keane criticised the club's pre-season trip to Portugal, branding it unprofessional, which triggered an argument with assistant coach and one-time Real Madrid manager, Carlos Queiroz. Keane is also thought to have blasted Rio Ferdinand, John O'Shea, Alan Smith, Kieran Richardson and, perhaps most notably, Darren Fletcher. The criticism of his fellow players, after an abject 4 – 1 defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough, was deemed too damning by United Management, and was subsequently pulled from transmission by the club's TV station, MUTV. Keane's outburst was supported by most Manchester United fans,[citation needed] though it received sterner criticism from fans of other clubs, and media pundits.

Earlier, Keane had already stated his belief that his contract would be the last with the club and the aforementioned MUTV transmission had frosted relations still further. There had also been rumours of Ferguson threatening to strip him of club captaincy for refusing to apologise for his MUTV outburst, although some of the players concerned had publicly backed him afterwards. He had announced that he would leave United in the summer of 2006, at the end of his contract with Manchester United. Many people were expecting Keane to fulfill his boyhood dream of playing for Celtic when he parted ways with his club of 12 years.

His then manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, had said that he wanted Keane to succeed him as manager when he retired. However, in the wake of Keane's public criticism of his own team-mates, Ferguson became evasive regarding Keane's prospects as a manager. In November 2005, Ferguson said "young managers come along and people say this one will be England manager or boss of this club, but two years later they're not there. It's not an easy environment to come into, I wouldn't forecast anything."

Manchester United reached an agreement with Keane allowing him to leave the club immediately, and offered him a testimonial in recognition of his 12½ years at Old Trafford. The club also thanked him for his major contribution as a player. On 30 March 2006, it was announced by Manchester United that Keane's testimonial was to take place on 9 May 2006 and the game would be against Celtic. Manchester United won the testimonial, 1-0, with the only goal in the game scored by Cristiano Ronaldo. Keane played the first half with Celtic and the second half in his former role as Manchester United captain. The game attracted the largest crowd ever for a testimonial match in England. Roy Keane's long running favourite charity cause, providing Guide Dogs for the Blind, benefited considerably from the event.

[edit] Celtic

On 14 December 2005, the BBC reported that Keane would sign with Celtic, after agreeing to sign a contract in the region of £40,000 per week, and he officially became a Celtic player the following day. The BBC was one agency who reported that they believed his earnings were in the region of £40,000 per week,[4] however Celtic manager Gordon Strachan revealed the player did not want to become an exception to the clubs £25,000 per week wage cap. Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawall confirmed in the same BBC report that Dermot Desmond would not be required to provide any additional funding to the club for the transfer.

Keane's Celtic career began in ignominious fashion as the Glasgow giants crashed to a 2-1 defeat to lowly Clyde in the Scottish Cup third round on 8 January 2006. Keane scored his first Celtic goal a month later in a 2-1 Scottish league victory over Falkirk.

The following Sunday he retained his place and played in his first Old Firm game. Celtic won the match and Keane was accorded the Man of the Match award as the game's best player. Celtic went on to complete the double of the Scottish Premier League title and Scottish League Cup.

On 12 June, 2006, Roy Keane announced his retirement from professional football on medical advice,[1] only six months after joining Celtic.

[edit] Club honours

15 club trophies as a player

Manchester United


[edit] International career

At international level, Keane represented his country 66 times. Keane was named Ireland's player of the tournament at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA, when Ireland famously beat tournament favourites and eventual finalists, Italy 1-0, before losing to Holland in the second round.

Keane missed crucial matches during the France 1998 qualification matches due to a severe knee injury, but came back to captain the team to within a whisker of qualifying for Euro 2000.

Eventually, in 2001, with Roy Keane putting in numerous 'Man of the Match' performances, Ireland went undefeated, both home and away, against international soccer heavyweights Portugal and the Netherlands, famously knocking out the Dutch to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan. Dutch manager Louis van Gaal was so impressed by Keane's performances that he nominated the Corkman for FIFA World Player of the Year.

On 14 October 2005, following Ireland's failure to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, Keane announced his retirement from international football. On 12 June 2006 Keane announced his retirement from club football therefore ending his career as a player.

[edit] The Saipan incident

Roy Keane was captain of the Irish national football team due to his pre-eminent ability and leadership qualities. His captaincy of Manchester United, where England captain David Beckham accepted, unequivocally, Keane as the team captain, also made appointing him Irish captain inescapable. Keane's high expectations of professionalism were always a hallmark of his professional career as a player. The then Irish football manager, Mick McCarthy, had previously been the Irish national football captain when Keane was a junior player. McCarthy was appointed directly following the retirement of previous Irish manager, Jack Charlton, by the governing body, the FAI. Keane mentions in his autobiography that certain events occurred during this time which he later came to regard as less than professional. He developed a level of scepticism towards the professionalism of the Irish national team organization. He did not look up to McCarthy as a professional as a result of differences of opinion from this time. As captain he managed to bring certain issues to the attention of the team management and to ensure that some of these issues were addressed. However a level of distrust still remained between McCarthy and Keane. This may have been over who was providing leadership in the team.

During the summer of 2002, the Irish football panel were sent to the Pacific island of Saipan in preparation for the World Cup.

In the course of a the first pitch training session Keane expressed serious misgivings about the adequacy of training facilities and standard of preparations for the Irish team. Keane took the view that the players were actively discouraged from preparing sufficiently for the competitive tournament, and with insufficient account being taken of the role of training or diet in maximising Ireland's performance in particular. Keane is reputed to have told Alex Ferguson that he was going to the World Cup "to win it". He seemed solidly convinced that Ireland could reach the final. For Keane, as captain of a Manchester United team that believed that it was the best in the world, this seemed the natural purpose of the sporting tournament. Keane believed that neither the FAI nor the Irish team management were sufficiently ambitious to capitalise on the opportunity that was presented. Keane's concerns also raised questions that the comforts of the FAI officers were being put before the needs of the players. In this context any evidence that the FAI were not making sufficient preparations was unacceptable to Keane. In Saipan there was no shortage of such evidence to test Keane's patience. This culminated in the first training session, when the team was asked to train without a football, on a pitch that was laid on top of a car-park, with resulting injury risks.

It was on this occasion, that a public "bust up" occurred between Keane and the team management. Keane then sensationally announced that he was going home, and could have no further part in the World Cup. Keane was at this stage extremely unimpressed. Mick McCarthy approached Keane and asked him to return to the training camp. Certain promises were given and Keane returned to the team. All seemed well again.
However the media was now very eager to get as much news as possible as public interest was now increasing. Irish broadcaster RTÉ became aware of the developing row, as did several Irish newspapers. These events were reported without any journalist managing to hear Roy Keane's views on team preparation. Because of its isolated location, there were certain stories circulating about the event which were all critical of Keane. The Daily Star newspaper had been a harsh critic of Keane, and had made allegations about his commitment to the Irish soccer team over the previous months. This may have been an expression of the Irish trait of 'begrudgery' or jealousy. In this context a need arose for Keane to give his perspective as this had been absent from the media to date.
Keane gave an interview to leading sports journalist Tom Humphries, of the Irish broadsheet daily newspaper the Irish Times, to present his case to the Irish people. For the Irish Times this was scoop of the decade. In the article, Roy Keane listed the events and concerns which had led him to decide to leave the team. This article included references to the preparations that had been set in place for the Irish team. The article was interpreted as a direct affront to the authority of the Irish manager and the organizational abilities of the FAI. This made the original crisis seem miniscule and escalated tensions greatly. The crisis now reached boiling point. McCarthy, (probably following FAI instructions) now decided to tackle Keane over the article. Keane refused to relent as he had told what he considered to be the truth. McCarthy then sent Keane home.

Keane alleged later in his autobiography that Irish fans were "mocked" by the "lax attitude" taken by the FAI towards preparations. During a team meeting at which McCarthy allegedly accused him of feigning injury, Keane became extremely indignant as this questioned his level of commitment. Keane is thought to have responded by insulting McCarthy and questioning his management ability, though Keane denied this in his autobiography.

In a team meeting McCarthy held up a copy of the article and asked "what's this all about?" None of his team-mates voiced support for Keane during the meeting, though some later expressed their support to him privately. Keane mentioned in his autobiography that Gary Breen and David Connolly visited his room. Senior players Steve Staunton and Niall Quinn seemed to take the side of McCarthy and the FAI in the argument that followed. Steve Staunton was given the captaincy and was later appointed Irish soccer manager by the FAI.

While these events unfolded the Irish public became moved over the events to a degree that few had previously imagined possible. Ireland, essentially now became divided into two sides of a national argument, one side supporting Keane and one McCarthy/the FAI(mediocrity). The position that an individual would take was often infleunced by factors like geography, attitude to authority, age, what constitutes patriotism/loyalty to one's country. Even people who had hitherto taken a marginal interest in the progress of the Irish football team, or who were unaware of Roy Keane, had an opinion. This became a national argument which went to the very heart of the modern Irish self perception, and the Irish concept of authority. This was best analyzed by Ronan Fanning, the Professor of Modern Irish History at University College, Dublin, in an article in the Sunday Independent concerning 'the conflict between ability and authority in Irish Society'. Fanning praised Keane for making a stand against what was seen as incompetence in authority, and recognised Keane as the hero of his society for not agreeing to take any further role in a poorly planned operation. The controversy was talked about well into the following years.

Despite the efforts of the media and the Taoiseach,[2] Keane and McCarthy failed to resolve the conflict. Keane missed the World Cup. The Irish soccer team were defeated by Spain. This vindicated Keane as the German coach, whose team topped the group, had explicitly stated that he wanted to avoid having to encounter a talented Spanish team at all costs.

The FAI commissioned a report from consultants Genesis into its World Cup preparations. The "Genesis Report" agreed with many of Keane's criticisms, finding that the FAI structure was not conducive to good planning and making a range of recommendations. The complete report was never published for legal reasons.[3] Brendan Menton resigned as FAI General Secretary at this time, and the media linked the two events,[4] though Menton denied this.[5]

Roy Keane stated that he would not play again for Ireland under McCarthy. Ireland's defeat by a badly resourced Russian team, who had played badly in the World Cup, was followed by a 'booing' episode with many fans blaming McCarthy. In the face of a decrease in support for the national team, and consequent declining attendances, the FAI decided to remove McCarthy. The appointment of Brian Kerr as team manager in 2003 led to Keane's return to international football on 27 May 2004, in a friendly match against Romania at Lansdowne Road.

As of November 2006, Keane appeared to have mended the fences with McCarthy when the two men settled their differences via a phone call ahead of a match between McCarthy's Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sunderland. McCarthy's sacking by the FAI, now gave McCarthy and Keane the strangest point of agreement, as they now had something considerable in common. This televised, famous handshake received considerable media attention, much to the amusement of both Keane and McCarthy.[6]

In the longer term the real signifigance of the 'Saipan Incident' goes well beyond soccer, Roy Keane, Mick McCarthy or the FAI. This event can be seen as another chapter in the decline in obedience to authority, in Irish society. For people who were not happy with authority in Ireland, Roy Keane seemed to tap a vein of discontent by challenging authority in a direct manner. The fact that Irish soccer needed Roy Keane so badly placed Keane in a position of strength, so that he could publicly criticise authority. For Irish people who were not in a position of such strength, Roy Keane could become the expression of their apprehension of authority and a figure of courage. For many people in authority, in contrast, Roy Keane was to symbolize that ultimate part of the Irish psyche that was to be most feared, contained, and neutralized. Thus the Saipan Incident had a significance that was considerably more important than just a soccer training camp. It seemed that in the era of 'Big Brother' introspective telivision serials, that it was events in a Pacific Island that were to indicate how Irish society operated.

Another analysis interpreted the significance of the Saipan affair in terms of how it signalled the emergence of Ireland from its post-colonial past. This viewpoint argued that Roy Keane epitomised a new Irish national outlook where achievement was a valued principle. This contrasted to the glorification of any possible honour in failure and the frequent acceptance of failure in tandem with the culture of pointless celebration and "having a good time" which had been widespread in Irish sporting circles to that time.

[edit] Managerial career

Keane has always indicated his desire to become a manager. He has stated that he'd like to first start at a lower-league club, and hopefully one day become manager of his beloved Manchester United[citation needed]. He was training for his UEFA coaching badges after he retired from playing.

On August 23, 2006, rumours became rampant that Keane was close to taking a managerial vacancy at Sunderland AFC.[7][8] Sunderland's chairman Niall Quinn, who was also serving as acting manager at the time, is a former Republic of Ireland teammate of Roy Keane. Four days later, Keane was introduced to the Sunderland players at the club's Academy of Light training ground in anticipation of his appointment as manager. It was later announced that he had agreed terms to take over as Sunderland manager on a three year contract rumoured to be worth £2 million a year.

Rumours were widespread that he was to be assisted by ex-Manchester United assistant manager Brian Kidd, however Bobby Saxton, Peter Reid's former deputy at the club who was brought back by Quinn in July, remained in that position for several months after Keane was quoted as saying: "His heart is at the club". Leicester City's Tony Loughlan — Keane's former Nottingham Forest colleague — became head coach.

Keane signed his new three year contract—variously reported as being worth £2,000,000 or £3,000,000 per year—straight after the 28 August 2006 Sunderland victory against West Bromwich Albion. He was presented to the media at a press conference on 29 August 2006 by club chairman Niall Quinn.[9]

Keane wasted no time in bring in new additions to the squad, with a total of 6 players signing on the final day of the August transfer window. Incoming were Keane's former Manchester United team-mates Dwight Yorke[10] and Liam Miller,[11] former Celtic colleagues Ross Wallace and Stanislav Varga,[12] with the latter playing for Sunderland between July 2000 and January 2002, as well as Wigan Athletic pair Graham Kavanagh and David Connolly.[13] Five further players were signed during the January 2007 transfer window, three (Anthony Stokes, Carlos Edwards and Stern John) on permanent contracts and two (Jonny Evans and Danny Simpson) on loan from Manchester United, Keane's old club.

Keane's first two managerial games could not have gone much better, coming from behind to beat Derby County 2-1 and then beating Leeds United 3-0.

After sitting second-from-bottom of the Championship on the day Keane took over, having lost all but one of their games up to that point, Sunderland's revival under the Irishman continues into 2007. He was nominated for "Manager of the Month" for January and was voted "Manager of the Month" for February and March.[14] As of the 26 March 2007, Keane's side lay second in the Championship.

Off-the-pitch, too, Keane's shadow is casting light over the whole city. In October 2006, just six weeks after arriving in the city, the City of Sunderland Tourism Office recorded a dramatic rise in the number of tourists to the area "mentioning [Keane's] name"[5], many from the Republic of Ireland itself. Indeed, airline Ryanair announced a 10% rise in passenger numbers on planes to Newcastle Airport on Fridays preceding a Sunderland home match. This has led, according to the Tourist Office, to a knock-on effect with Irish tourists exploring the city further outside the parameters of its football team, and "making a weekend of it" in Sunderland. [6]

Keane has reiterated his displeasure with the attitude and selection policy of the FAI. In March 2007 Keane claimed that several Republic of Ireland players get picked solely based on their media exposure. Keane claimed that Sunderland player Liam Miller was not picked because he was from Cork and that players with significant potential were failing to get picked for the national team. He also alleged that the FAI were incompetent in the running of their affairs.

"Once you keep playing them on the reputation they've built up through the media or because they do lots of interviews, then it's wrong. "There's a fine line between loyalty and stupidity."[15]

[edit] Popular culture

The Irish born playwright, Colin Teevan, wrote a monologue entitled The Roykeaneiad which is spoken by an Irish drunk, bitter about Keane's actions in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. In this monologue Teevan explores the parallels in story between Keane's confrontation and that of King Agamemnon and Achilles before the walls of Troy. This vivid narration of Keane plays with comic fire as it delves into the absurd extremes of male anger and its dangerous consequences.

The comedy musical I, Keano opened in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin in February 2005, directed by the respected Irish playwright and director, Peter Sheridan (brother of Jim Sheridan). The show, which has featured the cream of Irish comedy performers, was co-written by Father Ted writer Arthur Mathews, Michael Nugent and Paul Woodfull. It told the story of the Saipan Incident in the form of a mock-epic melodrama about an ancient Roman legion preparing for war.

The musical's characters included Keano (Roy Keane), General Macartacus (Mick McCarthy), Fergi the Hairdryer God (Alex Ferguson), Quinness (Niall Quinn), Army (Paul Armstrong), Packie Bonnerus (Packie Bonner), and tap-dancing wood nymph Dunphia (Eamon Dunphy, the Irish broadcaster who, at the time of the Saipan Incident, led the pro-Roy Keane front, and later was the ghostwriter for Keane's explosive autobiography). I, Keano made its UK debut at The Lowry in February 2006. It started its third year of performances in January 2007.

In his album Maladjusted, singer Morrissey alludes to Keane on the song "Roy's Keen".

Keane is often impersonated in the Gift Grub segment of the Ian Dempsey breakfast show on Today FM Ireland

[edit] Quotes

  • “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”   (From his autobiography, Keane.)
  • “Happiness is not being afraid.”   (From his autobiography, Keane.)
  • “The only thing that goes with the flow is a dead fish.”
  • [To Republic of Ireland team manager Mick McCarthy]   “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 fucking 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.” [7]
  • Niall Quinn observed in his autobiography that “Roy Keane's 10-minute oration [against Mick McCarthy, excerpted above] ... was clinical, fierce, earth-shattering to the person on the end of it and it ultimately caused a huge controversy in Irish society.” [8]

[edit] Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Sunderland Flag of England August 28, 2006 Present 36 21 8 7 58.33

[edit] References

Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to:
  • Hildred, Stafford; Ewbank, Tim (2000). Roy Keane: Captain Fantastic. Blake Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85782-436-9. 
  • Hildred, Stafford; Ewband, Tim (2002). Roy Keane: The Biography. Blake Publishing. ISBN 1-904034-59-4. 
  • Howard, Paul; Dunphy, Eamon (2002). The Gaffers: Mick McCarthy, Roy Keane and the Team They Built. The O Brien Press Ltd. ISBN 0-86278-781-5. 
  • Keane, Roy; Dunphy, Eamon (2002). Keane: The Autobiography. Michael Josephb. ISBN 0-7181-4554-2. 
  • O'Callaghan, Conor (2004). Red Mist: Roy Keane and the Football Civil War - A Fan's Notes. Bloomsbury. ISBN 0-7475-7014-0. 
  • Unknown Fan (2002). The Little Book of Roy Keane. New Island Books. ISBN 1-904301-16-9. 
  • Roy Keane (2002), As I See It, [DVD] [9]

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