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Keane: I Had To Change My Mindset After United

Roy Keane has claimed that after playing for Sir Alex Ferguson and then going in to manager, he struggled to adjust his mindset from one of winning all the time to one that has to put up with defeat.

“I think when you are playing under a manager like that and winning lots of games, part of your mindset is that it is going to be easy,” said Keane. “Your mindset is about winning matches, so I think going to any job after United is that you have to expect to lose football matches. So I had to change my mindset quite a bit, even when we got promoted with Sunderland. I think we lost about 11 games, maybe 4 or 5 before I took over, so then of course when you get promoted you’re going to lose 20 odd games during the course of a league campaign. So it is changing the mindset. But as you said there are a lot of players who have played under these managers.”

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  1. rnicolas says:

    By God’s name, I so miss Keano!!

  2. CedarsDevil says:

    The one thing no United supporter can argue is that Keane was a great player for us….. Its post his United career that seems to divide opinions, I am with those hoping he would just shut up when it comes to our club and Fergie. He was a highly decorated captain and should start showing less bitterness

  3. FletchTHEMAN says:

    The article in eurosport is actually a good and level headed read.

    Basically, Roy is saying leaving United requires a complete re tool of your mind set.m
    Makes complete sense.

  4. Costas says:

    We have come here to kick ass and chew bubble gum.

  5. nialler7 says:


    Having a bad Friday? All he said was that he needed to change his mindset !!

  6. WillieRedNut says:

    Keano = Legend

  7. MyCowIsTheBest says:

    So that’s his problem! I’ve been wondering why can’t Keano do a good job as a manager, and this is the answer. He has been living with the “only win” mentality too long that he cannot accept strngs of defeat which makes him become irrational as a manager

  8. smartalex says:

    Keano = Legend

    A living legend of our time, Roy Keane has my UNDYING love and respect.

    Roy, I cannot thank you enough for your role in my life. All I can say is: thank you Roy!

  9. wiuru says:

    No body even ABUs would deny how influential as a player Roy was . A great leader but not a man manager , there in lay the differance .


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