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Keano: Being Happy At United Made Me Turn Down Moves Abroad

After managing Sunderland and Ipswich, Roy Keane is now working as a football pundit on the TV, but says he would go back in to management if the right offer came along.

“I don’t know until I get the call,” he said. “I have to say, I think I am keeping myself busy, but I don’t sit around all day with my feet up, it is not in my make-up. Football is very much in my blood and I have to say the idea of football management, being on the sideline for all the suffering that goes with it, is something that I enjoy. But I really do not know until that call comes. If I see vacancies available and I think I can do something for the club, like everybody else I will put my CV in for it.”

Keane has suggested he would even consider a move abroad after turning down offers from foreign clubs to play for them when he was at United.

“I am very open-minded,” said Keane. “I think I might have made a mistake as a player not moving abroad, but I was very happy at United. I had opportunities to go abroad but I did not take them, so I would not rule it out. I think you have to be open-mined when you are a coach or a manager; it is a worldwide game now. Yes so if the right opportunity came along I would look at it.”

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    Keaneo spent his career abroad, in England! He’s an Irishman after all!!

  2. redsince66 says:

    The red half of Manchester has been home to so many great Irish players from north and south for Keano to have felt at home there.

  3. WillieRedNut says:

    Keano = Legend

  4. Ancha says:


    I second that!

    LEGEND! second to only Bryan Robson!

  5. Simonred says:

    For the first time i want to believe a story from the daily mail concerning vidic playing again this season.

  6. NBI Red Onion says:

    I love Keano – ledgend! leader. How can you good day harries forget the rivalry with Viera and the way this man LEAD the club, the fact that Giggs, Scholes and Becks have said he is the best captain they played under and that he made them do their job better…?

    I love SAF, he is a great manager and I would want no one else, but as a human being at times like everyone else he has come short. The treatment of Roy Keane by the Club at the end was a disgrace. SAF should have cooled things. Instead the Club PUBLICLLY humiliated our captain and then threatened to sue him when he talked about it. Roy Keane did not derserve that kind of exit, it should have been handled better, it was an ego thing between two strong men and he deserved better, I remain unhappy about his exit, it was HORRIBLE.

  7. Humanoid says:

    @ NBI:

    Tit for tat, Keane publicly humiliated the club and then the club publicly humiliated him. End of story. Personally, I’d rather look to the future than care about these small nuances of the past, because when we do that we descend into the same abyss as Liverpool fans.

  8. King Eric says:

    Humanoid – Spot on pal.

  9. gfunk says:

    loved him whilst he was our captain. now i couldnt give a fuck about him or his views. certainly isnt class in the way our Eric is/was/always will be………… Cantona=LEGEND!!!!!

  10. smartalex says:

    gfunk – you have already turned your back on at least one United Legend that you had doubtless previously declared your undying love for.

    This renders your prediction on Cantona worthless.

    Who will be spared your scything wrath as you swagger through life belching support?
    No transgressor’s of your fickle moral code, I’ll bet.

  11. DerekMul says:

    @ gfunk. Comments like yours are worthless garbage. Keano is one of the greatest united players ever so show a bit of respect.

  12. Ugandan Red says:

    When i was younger, I remember one day i was being difficult to my parents, then my dad said he was going to start handling me “Roy Keane” style…

    Never gave them trouble again…


  13. gfunk says:

    To those people who misconstrued my comments re keane and Cantona. I did declare my love for Keane when he was our captain as i said in my post above. But I havent been impressed with his views on MUFC since he left us. And he was not as loyal as he everyone thinks. Yes he stayed with us when he could have moved abroad, but we rewarded his loyalty with an increase in wages etc! But make no mistake, Roy Keane would have been the same committed player had he been playing anywhere else. He didnt love MUFC, not as we the fans loved him. Contrast that with Cantona’s conduct since he left us………. Enough said!!! Didnt Keane once show scant regard/respect for pundits? Them and United hangers-on where the people he seemed to despise the most…….. Like Fergie said, he has tried his hand at mangement, and thus-far has been unsuccessful. Hence him now sharing his evenings with Gareth Southgate et al. Just my opinion though you ‘loyal, respectful’ sheep motherfuckers!!! Peeeeace!!!!

  14. smartalex says:

    “you ‘loyal, respectful’ sheep motherfuckers!!! Peeeeace!!!!”


    ??? !

    Attacking a man you used to love is now compounded by attacking us. Nice.
    That should make us re-consider your views in a receptive manner. Not.

    You attack our Legend and then declare “Peeeeace!!!!”
    That is the the modus operandi of a coward.

    You are fickle, therefore no lasting truth is to be had from you.

  15. gfunk says:

    @ smartalex. Ha ha. where have i attacked our legend?? Its my view on Keane since he left us is all!! I was flippantly referring to the majority of people on here who show disdain for anyone who ever questions the integrity, loyalty, quality etc. of any of our ex-players (Legends or not!!!!). The offering of peace was to try to illustrate that im not being personal or trying to cause offence. so once again peace amigo!!! Fickle i am not!!

  16. smartalex says:


    “loved him whilst he was our captain. now i couldnt give a fuck about him or his views.”




    capricious, changeable, inconstant, undependable, unsteady, unfaithful, faithless, fair-weather

    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - –
    The antonym of ‘fickle’ is ‘constant’

    constant: unchangingly faithful and dependable.

    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - –

    Peace is best. Let’s have peace. That can be achieved if you lay-off United Legends

    Whether they are YOUR favourite, or not.

  17. gfunk says:

    @ smartalex…. I can not argue with your definition so I guess therefore I am fickle…. Ha ha. I would never have thought that!!!!! Peace dude.

  18. smartalex says:

    gfunk – Peace!

    I hope peace will reign in your heart, when reminiscing on United Heroes, past and present.

  19. gfunk says:

    @ smartalex what about Jesper olsen?? ha ha. Im being faecetious. I take your point mate, really i do. Enjoy the rest of your sunday padre.

  20. smartalex says:


    If Big Ron had his way, Jesper would have been forgotten by most a lot sooner!

    Enjoy loving United!

  21. gazzer says:

    I don’t agree that he was unsuccessful as a manager. He took sunderland from the bottom to the top of the championship inside a season. Then they stayed up.

  22. smartalex says:

    gazzer – a very good point.

    Success is relative.

    Had Roy not been Sir Alex’s best player and United’s most victorious Captain, his managerial achievements would receive far more recognition, and he would not be so severely judged. We bang on about the vast ABU contingent in the press. Does anyone really think that said ABU have reflected Roy’s career fairly? No, we don’t think he has received fair treatment. In fact, we know he has not.

    Where might he fall on a scale of all-time League Managers?

    Earning promotion to the Premier League with a relegation-threatened Club will surely place him in the top 20%. Most managers don’t even last as long as Roy did.

    Was or is Roy a ‘Top Manager’ ? Probably not.
    He has already achieved far more managerially than most managers could in their life-time.

    (… and not a bad player, to boot!)


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