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Former Ireland and Manchester United captain tells Gary Neville he’s longing to return to management


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Roy Keane gave one of his most honest interviews yet when he opened up to his former Manchester United teammate in a captivating chat on Sky Sports The Overlap’s YouTube channel.

While walking his dog next to Neville, the hour-long interview touched on all aspects of Keane’s life as a player and manager, with the negative perceptions that many have of him being an issue that clearly frustrated him.

Keane admitted announced that he had talks about returning to management with a championship club earlier this summer and is eager to get back into management, but suggested that given the image he has, this is not a Firebrand character could be realistic.

“I want to get back into management, but where should I realistically go?” said Keane. “In the championship, at the top of the premier league … I think there is something in there that I could be a good manager.


“Perception is the most important word in football. I did well at Sunderland, got them promoted, we stayed on top and I wanted to do better. That was my lack of experience. I thought we’d get five more after that or move up six places. ” we stayed up and I got impatient.

“I spoke to a championship club about three months ago. It was very casual, it was at my house, a chat with the chairman can come in and win football games’

“That was fine with me, I didn’t have to break down the styles of play. And I think if you win games , people don’t ask, ‘What’s your style of play?’ You just jump to the next game, don’t you? And we did it as a player.

“If you lose your job as a manager it’s a long way back. People look at me on TV and think I’m one bit of a head drop. I had an argument with (Mick) McCarthy and (Alex) Ferguson and they think ‘he’s trouble’.

“How can I change that perception? Should I go to a road show? People say I have to present myself and network out there, but do I have to? “

Keane also opened his infamous argument with Ireland boss Mick McCarthy ahead of the 2002 World Cup when he was in the squad before the finals Japan and South Korea left.


Ireland’s captain Roy Keane walks past manager Mick McCarthy during training in Saipan in 2002

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“Me and Mick, we fell out again in America, we said a few things,” he mused.

“Look, I was out of order, I was on my way to drink, but i drank with a lot of other guys. We had been drinking and I was late for the bus.

“Jack Charlton attacked me, Jack is the manager, but I didn’t want a player attacking me who had never spoken to me.

” If Packie Bonner or David O’Leary, who probably helped me, said it, I would say ‘I would take this’ but not from someone who never spoke a word to me and yelled at me in front of everyone was him Start of it. ‘

“And then again for a manager, a team meeting, with older players around you who go” You could have played this (game) “.

” We signed up for 2002 for Qualified for the World Cup, don’t you remember our group? Holland, Portugal with ten games. Won seven, draw three, we had the same points as Portugal, but we had to go to the playoffs. “


Roy Keane and Alex Ferguson pictured after defeating Arsenal in 2004. Image rights: Martin Rickett / PA Wire

“If I remember, I played in all the games. I got the first playoff Played match and then missed the second because I was injured, so in 12 qualifiers I played 11 and missed one. “

” And, oddly enough, these are the facts that a manager brings up an older player, yes, me was captain but still the same that I could have played in that game.

“People talk about the gear and gear, but we moved away from that, that was a week ago.”

He also insisted that in the days before he left the Old Trafford Club, he was right to take on United manager Alex Ferguson.

“My anger was justified,” added Keane. “The damage lasted six months prepared beforehand and if the respect is lost, it’s over. “




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