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      15.11.2009 12:31
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      Still has the old fire in his belly

      Roy Keane - Played for Cobh Rangers, joined Nottingham Forest, Then Manchester United, played a short time at Celtic, then retired and became Sunderland Manager. Over his glittering career he won 7 League titles with Manchester United, 4 FA Cup winners medals, 1 Champions League, 1 Scottish league and cup with Celtic to all intents and purposes he was quite some player. As one of the iconic footballers of the 90's, Keane was part of the generation who made the Premier League and Sky television's coverage so exciting. As a footballer Keane could never be considered the most technically excellent footballer, in fact he is an example to anyone of perseverance and belief in yourself as he made himself into one of the greatest players on the planet through hard work, determination and attitude. His strengths lay in his ability to run until the 95th minute (sorry but he was a Manchester United Player!!), pass simply but effectively and tackle like his life depended on it, add to this a never say die attitude and the ability to pop up with some incredibly important goals and he was one hell of a midfielder. Keane would have initially come to most peoples attention as a young midfielder playing for Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough, he was known as a strong box to box player who tackled and scored goals (22 in 114 games), eventually he realised he needed to move on to improve his chances of winning trophies following relegation and although he agreed a deal to sign for Blackburn Rovers, Alex Ferguson used his wealth of motivational skills to persuade Keane his talents were better suited to Old Trafford and he moved to Manchester United for a fee of £3.75m in 1993. At Manchester United Keanes role changed somewhat and he was given the midfield enforcers role previously held by Bryan Robson, he played 323 games for Manchester United scoring 33 goals. Winning the double in his first season, Keane gained high expectations from the start, however the team he joined began to fade and a new generation of kids were introduced around 1995, alongside Keane and the established Schmeichel and Giggs, kids such as the Neville Brothers, David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes began to develop, meaning Keane still a youngster himself had to take on more responsibility, following the retirement of Eric Cantona he gained the captaincy which he retained until he left the club. An outspoken player and man, Keane was sent off 13 times during his career (A record he shares), he criticised Manchester United fans, admitted deliberately setting out to injure Alf Inge Haaland of Manchester City and regularly got injured due to his all action style, he was a key part of the Manchester United development being Ferguson's voice on the pitch intimidating opponents and bawling out his young team mates to ensure standards were maintained. For me his greatest moment was when he was booked in a European Champions League Semi Final against Juventus meaning he would miss the final, he then had the mental strength to rally his team and score a match changing goal, lesser men would have collapsed in a hole of self pity. As an icon of the sky television age, Keane was one hell of a player, someone every club would want for his ability and attitude, when he left Manchester United he joined celtic and played a few matches but was ailing by this stage and soon retired. His international career had been very productive with 9 goals in 66 games and he played in World cups and European Championships, but controversy was never far away as he states in his autobiography he found the Jack Charlton regime a joke and as we know he walked out on the 2002 World Cup squad aiming a hail of abuse at Manager Mick McCarthy for perceived unprofessionalism, this backfired as the squad played brilliantly and got further than even Irish fans hoped. Keane eventually made his way into Management taking Sunderland from a lowly position in Division 1 into the Premier League, however he eventually left in acrimony as he and the board felt they had different ideals for the club, he had time out of football and is now the manager of Ipswich Town Football Club, the jury is still out on how this will go, the club from a high mid table position last season are now second bottom of Division one with only one win to their name, the club has spent money and the press have made a lot of Keane's supposed failure, but the signs are beginning to come through that the club will rise and with Keane's indomitable spirit who would bet against a team run by him battling their way out of adversity!

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        23.04.2009 15:39
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        New Ipswich manager!

        Thursday 23rd April 2009. Potentially the new start for Ipswich Town Football Club. Roy Keane has been announced as the manager on a 2 year deal. Owner of Ipswich Town, Marcus Evans, replaces the chief executive, Derek Bowden, with a new chief executive Simon Clegg on Tuesday. Wednesday Jim Magilton, the manager, was sacked. Thursday Roy keane appointed. Can't wait for next season! Roy Maurice Keane, Born 10th of August 1971 was a professional footballer for Nottingham Forrest, Manchester United and Celtic. After his playing career he went into management with Sunderland and in his first season took them from second bottom in the table to win the league. He took them into the premiership and kept them their. On the 4th of December 2008 he stood down as Sunderland Manager. I can't wait for next season to have Roy Keane as manager of my beloved Ipswich. As a player he was a brilliant player, but as a manager he is un proven. He stormed the league with Sunderland spending £6million. At Ipswich there is lots of money to be spent. Reportedly up to £30million. I am under the feeling that Keane will get us promoted next season. He is a hard, no nonsense, straight talking manager with abit of steal to him and that is what our friendly, push over of a club needs! Roy keane is a hero in his native Ireland, and that will increase the publicity of Ipswich to Ireland and get Irish people supporting Ipswich and buying the merchandise. Any radio station, any sports channel or even just news its all talk of Roy keane being at Ipswich. He has raised the profile of this little club dramatically just by his name! Our previous manager Jim Magilton had £12million to spend last season and blew it on under performing players and over rated has beans. Roy Keane will whip them into shape and not settle for anything other than the best. This is an insight into what I think about the appointment of Roy Keane to my club and a little insight into his life. Premier League here we come !

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          01.12.2008 21:31
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          time will tell, will he walk?

          It would be so sad if Roy Keane was to leave Sunderland because he has done so well since taking over from now chairman Niall Quinn last season. The team played amazingly well last season and ripped the championship apart with their free flowing football and attacking flair, which lead them to the title and automatic promotion. Although making many top quality signings this term including Djibril Cisse, El Hadje Diouf, Pascal Chimbonda and Steed Malbranque in addition to the already strong first team squad at the Stadium of Light, the team have struggled and now find themselves in the bottom three. Keane is clearly very passionate about his football, but in the recent home defeat (1-4) to Bolton Wanderers he didn't seem his usual self. He watched on from the sidelines as the goals kept flying in and instead of launching a verbal assault on his team in an attempt to fire them into life, he simply looked on and showed no emotion whatsoever; very strange. This lead many of the top pundits to question whether he was to stay. He hasn't helped the situation and was quoted at the weekend as saying "I ask myself everyday if Iam the right man for Sunderland." He's definitely considering walking, but I hope he doesn't. He has done so much for Sunderland in such a short space of time. If they could only stay up this season you get the feeling that they could push on.....but will he be there to see it? Time will tell. If he does go I hope the Sunderland fans recognise his efforts for the club, lets face it when he took over as manager they were a shambles and the same season he got them promoted...not bad hey. Thanks for reading, feel free to comment.

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            20.06.2006 15:30
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            Good, But ruthless tackler

            Born on the 10th of august 1971 in cork roy keane has since risen to become one of the most highly rated and ledgendary middfielders in manchester united's and the newly formed premierships history. Signed by united for £3.75 million in 1993, a then club and national record, from nottingham forest. he made his debut for Man U against one of the best clubs in the land at the time, Norwich city, and this performance, amongst those following it personified all that was bout roy keane. Roy keane also has versatility on his side, although his ideal position is in central midfield dictating the play he has also played in defence and all over midfield. his passion and commitment for the game lead him to giving it his all in every tackle, every pass. there have however been certain aspects of his game that many manchester united fans will happily glaze over, his temperament has lead to him having a reputation not quite of brutality but of ruthlessness - an aspect that should be foreign in a game of sportsmanship. having said that there is not a team in the world that would not have had roy keane in their 1st XI when he was at the peak of his powers and i truly believe he deserves the title of a manchester united ledgend - if only he'd have chosen a better club to start with.

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              03.09.2002 22:29
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              Welcome to my humble opinion!! Before you begin, I feel I must remind you I'm a Liverpool fan through and through, but this isn't going to be a typical scouse opinion slagging the great man off, I'm going to be objective believe it or not! Roy Maurice Keane was born in Cork on the 10th October 1971, which makes him 30 for all of those people out there who can't add up. I know nothing about his childhood and, to be completely honest, couldn't be bothered to find anything out, so I will go straight onto his football career. He was originally thought too small to play professional football and so set upon improving his physique by getting himself a job lugging beer barrels around. It is this attitude which has seen Roy develop into the legend that he has now become. Roy started his footballing life with the Irish giants, Cobh Ramblers, after failing to earn an apprenticeship with any of our beloved English clubs, despite writing to Nottingham Forest, ironically enough. At the tender age of 18 however, Brian Clough spotted his ability to dominate the midfield through reckless challenges and intimidation, aswell as his great array of footballing qualities, and lured him to England with a coveted contract offer from, you guessed it, Nottingham Forest. Back then, don't forget, Nottingham Forest were a "big" club. Cloughie, a managerial mastermind, so they tell me, had taken Forest to the dizzy heights of Europe. How ironic that his last game in charge saw the team relegated. For now though, back to Keano. After signing for the Nottingham giants, Roy Keane had the opportunity to display his range of abilities on the big stage, and also earn more than £60 a week on a YTS. He switched from the giant confrontations of Cobh Ramblers and Cork City, to a league debut against the English minnows, Liverpool FC(sarcasm if you didn't notice). What a way to start his career in England. At the time, Liverpool were the reigning cha mpions, something we have yet to see again, so Roy couldn't have started with a much sterner test. Sadly for Roy, but happily for me, Liverpool won 2-0 that day. However, Keane's performances were beginning to earn him a lot of respect from footballing legends. Roy later went on to feature in the 1991 F.A. Cup Final at the end of his first full season for Forest. This time he had to be content with a runners-up medal. The following season, Roy was starting to develop into a truly promising player. He drove his team of second-rate over-achievers to the League Cup Final, only to be beaten by his future club, Manchester United. With this, Roy was starting to get frustrated, but Cloughie was the mastermind behind his development so far, thus he stuck with what he knew and continued to learn. The following season, Forest were relegated, after being beaten on the final day 2-1. Ironically, it was Cloughie's last game in charge, and his son Nigel, who went on to be a LFC legend(hehehe), scored the goal. Keane could not be blamed in any way for his team's shortcomings and his frustration turned into restlessness. With Brian Clough retired, Roy had no reason to stay at Forest, and certainly didn't want to play second class football. Keane's vast array of abilities, as mentioned above, had already attracted the eye of many envious managers. Manchester United emerged as the successors to his signatures, amid a flurry of interest during the summer of 1993, and clinched a £3.75m deal, which was a then club and national record. Roy is a well-known Spurs fan, but turned down a transfer to them, because he "wouldn't have much of a family left" if he had turned down MUFC, the team his entire family supported. He made his debut for Manchester United against Norwich, and quickly settled into the Old Trafford set-up. During his years at the Theatre of Dreams, Keane has displayed time and again his unmatchable ball-winning skills, his unsur passable desire, and an engine that Google looks upon enviously. I read somewhere, don't ask me where, that Roy Keane covers eight miles per game, a tremendous amount in ninety minutes, when you think about the amount of time you would be standing, waiting for throw-ins, goal kicks, etc.. It is Keane's attitude on the pitch that has taken Manchester United back to the top of world football, if you ask me. Personally, I would consider him to be a legend already. Roy inherited the club captaincy from Eric Cantona when the controversial Frenchman retired, and how fitting that his replacement has gone on to become just as controversial. Cantona and Keane could not be more different players, yet their ability to inspire others saw them bring their club so much success. Roy has gone on in recent years to mature as a player and, although he still has his famous fiery temper, has become more calculated in his football. Admittedly, his dirty side has become more calculated, but his football brain has improved too. He is still prepared to cover the ground, but now tends not to cover the ground he doesn't need to, conserving his legs for the work that are so important to his game. In the 1999-00 season, Keane drove his side to an historical treble. His part in this season was recognised with not one, but two footballing awards in the form of the PFA and the Football Writers' Player of the Year Awards. Over the past couple of years, the Red Devils seem to have lost their desire, with a lot of the players seeming somewhat complacent about their £30,000 a week pay packets, a view which Keane has been happy to re-iterate. A man who wears his heart on his sleeve, he despises half-heartedness. His passion for the game, and indeed winning, sometimes become too much for him, thus he lashes out. This takes many forms including the verbal method mentioned above. Who can forget the prawn sandwich outburst? But he was right. Fundamentally most of the t hings he complains about are right. I feel he has been wrongly labelled a 'whinger', when in fact he stands up for the rights of the fellow footballer and common football fan. His outbursts against Mick McCarthy were fundamentally him standing up for his team-mates. How ironic he be called a whinger when complaining about having to travel in the economy class to away matches for Eire, yet the Irish FA officials travelled first-class. Surely the players should get the red carpet treatment, for they are the ones doing all the work, after all. His obvious unhappiness at the state of affairs in the Irish camp, saw him and McCarthy come to verbal blows, resulting in Keane being sent home from the World Cup 2002. Keane has since told us he will never play for Ireland again while McCarthy is at the helm and McCarthy has told us he will never pick him anyway. What a fine example of two stubborn people. Anyway, with Ireland doing well, and both mens pig-headedness, surely that signals the end of Keane's international career, in which he earned 58 caps, and scored 9 goals along the way in the eleven years since his debut at Lansdowne Road against Chile, May 1991, under Jack Charlton. The recent serialisation of Keane's autobioghraphy in an unnamed newspaper has sparked massive controversy over the summer. Personally, I have not actually managed to read any of it, so I can't really comment on what is claimed to have been said. I have heard of how he set out to hurt Alf Inge Haaland, and how he has slagged off his team-mates and so on. Has everybody forgotten the days of Tommy Smith, Norman Hunter and Graham Souness? Even the greats like Pele had to foul their way through games to escape injury. Injuring a player can be seen as a way of gaining an advantage over another team. In the 70s it was part and parcel of the game, but the recent commercialism of the sport and heightening transfer fees has seen clubs harass the authorities to clamp down on th e tough side of the 'beautiful game'. Losing a player to injury is expensive these days. I, however, am in support of players like Roy Keane who, to me, is one of the few remaining true footballers in the game today. His passion on the pitch is clear to all. OK, he might be prone to the odd reckless challenge, but who isn't? We all lose it now and then, he's only human. It is his great passion that causes these reckless moments, but he wouldn't be the player he is without it. Roy admits his inability to control his anger sometimes, but at least he can admit to it. When was the last time you saw Steve McManaman admit he couldn't be bothered in a particular match because he was getting £40k anyway? Keane is no more criminal than any of the under-achievers in the game today, in fact I would consider him a true professional. Believe it or not, he has only received 10 red cards in his spell with Manchester United, about one per season. Strangely enough, he received 4 of these from David Elleray. Maybe David doesn't like him, I'll let you decide that one.

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                03.09.2002 20:50
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                The purchase of Roy Keane for 3.75 million from Nottingham Forest has arguably been the most important deal in recent footballing memory, ultimately leading to a change in the British and European footballing landscape. Manchester United had a lacklustre 1970s. The famous Denis Law backheel that sent them to the old second division was undoubtedly the low point as this once great club struggled to meet its potential. The 1980s were not much better for United. Although they were to take honours in the FA Cup, it was the league that was considered more important particularly with the absence of European competition in the late 80s. The arrival of Keane signalled a change in United's fortunes and the decade that was to follow saw a revived team going from strength to strength and ultimately landing the coveted treble of Champions' League, FA Cup and Premiership; a feat which not even the great Liverpool teams of the 1970s and 1980s had managed. Keane is the powerhouse, the midfield engine around which Alex Ferguson has built his team and he is one of the few players to have stayed the course. He has provided a spine to the team around which the bones and flesh have been added by skillful use of the youth team and a mixture of smart and latterly profligate spending. As the pieces have come together, players have found themselves jostled to one side and players who would be the envy of other teams have languished on the bench. The addition of Giggs, Beckham, Scholes and the Nevilles from the youth set up, addition of expensive imports such as Van Nistelroy, Forlan, Veron, Stam, Ferdinand et al have all shaped and sculpted the team - Keane has been the ever present, ever reliable and has only improved with age. Due to his arrival and the subsequent assembling of a great team (in the true sense of the word), Keane provided the catalyst for Manchester United to change the map of world football both by chal lenging the dominance of European teams and by pulling along the other British teams - in particular Liverpool and Arsenal but also the likes of Leeds who have benefitted greatly from a United style youth policy. British football is in a better state today because of United. Aggressive in attack, committed in defence and fiercely passionate about anything to do with Manchester United, Keane would seem the ideal player. Unfortunately however, he has a nasty streak a mile wide in him which has consistently seen him getting in trouble with both referees and the media. In the recent past he has been sent home from the World Cup for disagreeing with his manager (and some would suggest seeing himself as being bigger than the team). More recently he has seen himself in trouble over his autobiography, admitting to not being particuarly interested in the location of the ball as he fouled Alfe Inge Haaland. Over the past weekend we witnessed him being sent off for elbowing Jason Mcateer directly in front of the referee - an incident that even the famously short sighted Alex Ferguson managed to spot (albeit after initially leaping to his defence). The fine that has been imposed on him is of little relevance to a man with the earning power of Keane but the ban that will go along with the sending off will likely be felt by the team and the fans. As a Liverpool fan, I am extremely happy to see Keane off the pitch particularly when we're at Old Trafford. As a fan of the beautiful game however, I find it immensely troubling that a player with so much going for him should ruin things for himself, his team and his fans on a regular basis. To be sent off for a second yellow card is one thing - to walk for deliberately elbowing a fellow professional is sheer thuggery and should not be tolerated. Clean up your act Roy - for your own good and for that of the game!

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                  26.08.2002 03:52
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                  Roy Keane is the most influential footballer in a generation, a significant factor in Manchester United’s sustained dominance of domestic football. Unable to criticise his talent, England’s London-biased media look to criticise his personality. Following the serialisation of his forthcoming autobiography, a collection of the country’s finest ignorant individuals have decided to condemn Keane. First we have those who haven’t actually bothered to read what Keane has said, and make their uninformed rants in ignorance of what was actually written. Keane hasn’t said he took to the pitch with the intention to injure Haaland. There is no admission that any fowl was premeditated. An admission he went in hard on Haaland is completely different and is both within the laws of the game, and expected from professional footballers. What he actually said doesn’t make a very interesting story, but with a little fabrication a slow news day becomes more interesting and allows every uninformed bigot to have a rant. Then there is those who misunderstand football. Tackles much worse than the one from Keane on Haaland occur in all forms of the game. What made Keane’s tackle worse was the fact that the media decided to portray this as violent and out of order. Then people too unintelligent to think of their own opinions decide that what they read in the papers must be true. One of the worst tackles in recent years happened in the 97/98, where an intentional and premeditated fowl effectively ended Ronny Johnson’s career at the highest level. Since this assault was committed by Mickey Owen, it escaped media censure. Next those ignorant of the law. Looks like Britain is full of closet lawyers who confidently state Haaland will win damages from Keane. Haaland has been persuaded to sue Keane, but his club, who back him in public, privately realise that they have next to no chance of winning the case. K eane has made no comment that the tackle was an intentional attempt to injure Haaland, so suing for battery is out of the question. Haaland can’t sue for negligence on Kean’e behalf, as he has assumed the risks of playing a physical sport, something he openly concedes. Either way, Haaland missed last season with an injury to his left knee, whereas Keane tackled the right knee. He would have to prove Keane caused him some kind of loss. Haaland can claim Keane’s tackle prevented him from playing last season, made Jordan’s baby to be born blind, broke up Greame Thorpe’s marriage and started floods in central Europe, but unless he can prove a causal link, will get no damages. Haaland’s own admission that it wasn’t Keane’s tackle that has caused the serious knee injury ruins whatever case Haaland may have had. Ultimately, most people haven’t read what Keane actually said, even less have read it in the context it is written, but why let that stop people from jumping on the bandwagon of ignorance. If you form your opinions from what you read in the papers because you lack the intelligence to make your own decisions then you can’t expect to be taken seriously. Chances are you are one of those people who booed David Beckham after France 98 but now cheer for him every time he pulls on the three lions. You thought it was clever to denounce Lee Bowyer, even though he was never convicted of a crime. You spend your time criticising footballers as over paid louts, when they are merely a microcosm of the society that looks to condemn them. By the end of the week England’s army of amateur pundits will have retreated back to the woodwork eagerly awaiting the next bandwagon to jump on.

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                    Most of my family hate football, and football players just because they are earning so much money. They especially hate Manchester United's Roy Keane. They hate him because they think he is arrogant, self obsessed, and for other unimportant reasons. But I do not think in this way, I think Roy Keane is misunderstood by many people. Sure, Roy Keane has done some things that I don?t agree with, for example the whole fiasco with Ireland, just before their World Cup campaign. But what most people don't realise is that he had his own personal reasons for doing this. And now with his new problem, his autobiography which supposedly says that he purposely hurt that Manchester City player, I think many people are overcritical of him there, wanting him to be band from several Premiership matches. But what people don't realise is that if he was band from the matches he would miss, would not have that extra flare that he brings to them. And there is no doubt stating that he is one of the best central middfielders in the world. Most people focus on Keane's bad points rather then his good points, especially the media, which I feel they should not. It is person who should look and correct their bad points. Many people may think that I am defending Keane in this opinion because I am a Man Utd fan, but I would like to say I am not, because I am an Everton fan.

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                      • "ruins the reputation of the club"

                      Here is the opinion of a lifelong Manchester United fan on this whole Roy Keane business. I think he?s a thug. Ok so if I left it at that this would be a very short opinion but no I have plenty more to say and back myself up with! I used to regularly visit the Manchester United training ground with my best friend Lydia. We would watch the players turn up and train then we would wait with the other mass of fans (there was always a load, even if it was raining) for the players to come back out and give autographs. In the dozen or so times I did this Roy Keane stopped once, and on one occasion as he sped off through the crowd he came very close to knocking me over! I have never enjoyed watching Roy Keane, from the off I thought he was nothing more than a vicious thug. Ok so he obviously can play football but his outbursts of anger and violence leave me cold. When there was all that hoo-ha when Roy Keane's contract ran out and he didn?t want to accept the offer, he wanted more money I was praying for Ferguson to just let him go, show him that Manchester united could operate without him, which they could and definitely can. We have some fine midfield players and Manchester United definitely has the buying power to get a new player in his place if it was deemed necessary. I was very disappointed when I heard he?d signed a new contract. The latest episode in keane?s sorry career is over comments in his soon to be released and already serialised autobiography. In this he admits that his terrible foul against Alf Inge Haaland was actually premeditated. I reckon this was supposed to be a bit of a money-spinner for him. Get it out in the papers that he really is the bad boy of football, get more people reading his book and generally getting the world buzzing with talk about the subject. OK how stupid does you have to be to actually fall for that? Of course there is going to be some retribution . I am not surprised in the slightest that Haaland is planning to sue and on top that he could very well face have to face legal action that could end up with creating him a criminal record. Gordon Taylor of the FA seems to agree with me ?I can't believe he's been advised to do this bearing in mind the events of the summer. Roy is a committed player and a forthright player, but following what happened in the summer I just don't think he needed this. This puts him under pressure publicly when really he needed a quieter time. It would have been better for him to get his head down and focus on playing for Manchester United." I truly believe Roy Keane shouldn?t be allowed to get away with this. He deserves some punishment even if it?s just for being plain stupid and bringing up stuff that was all but dead and buried. Alf Inge Haaland is probably going to sue and so he should but Keane has pot loads of cash so is that really going to make much difference? Not in the slightest! He really should be charged with assault and face these charges. We all remember the infamous karate kick that Eric Cantona performed on a crowd member, he ended up dong community service for this. Ok so it was a member of the crowd he kicked but what (apart from salary) is the difference between your average fan on the terraces and your actually players? They are both peopled and things can injure both mentally and physically. A footballer has the right to be protected from thuggery just like you and I. I am a massive Manchester united fan and I am proud of my club and their players. Roy Keane has to go.

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                        Take Best - legendary footballer, legendary alco. Maradonna etc etc. Roy Keane, not quite in the same bracket but out-and-out talent in his holding midfield role. The issue here is that Roy Keane has perpetuated a series of ruthless 'reductions' as Big Ron would have it. On top of this, breaking news is that in his new biog, he admits to seeking out to injure Alf Inge Haaland, of Manchester City. The FA say they are keen to read the comments in context, but really theres no need for that. In the 1970's such tackles were practically commonplace, yet nothing was really made of them. The brutes of Leeds were crunching shins and kneecaps before Keane even kicked a ball. In some Saturday and Sunday amateur leagues im sure incidents of such ilk occur sometimes, if not often. These notions could well be tatical nouse on the part of some crazed, half-drunk managers! Anyway, what my point is here, is that Keane had made some horrific challenges that wouldnt be out of place in low-budget kung fu movies, but he has been punished for these. If Keane has threatenes Haaland's career then Alf has all the right to sue Roy, and he should be found guilty. Yet, the unprofessional act of admitting his intentions should not change the picture one iota (though it will help Haaland's lawyers somewhat). This happens in football, only Keane has the balls to admit it. I'd have Keane in my team any day, though I'd fear to face him. Theres real hunger and passion in them eyes, that supersedes morality. Roy Keane is part of a dying breed. (btw I'm a SWFC fan, though I rather fancy myself as impartial when it comes to the Premiership!)

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                          I am a Gooner (Arsenal Fan) so if you are a Man Yoo fan you might want to stop reading now. First and foremost, Roy Keane is an exceptional player and has led one of the best British teams to the top prizes the game can offer. He has shown on more than numerous occasions that he is a committed and valuable player to any football squad. As a player, Roy Keane as deserved the plaudits he has received over the years. As a person, Mr Keane is not the kind of person you'd like to know. How can any footballer jeopardise his/her place in a World Cup squad and justify themselves? Somehow Roy Keane did. Apparently Mick McCarthy lacked passion and ambition when he guided Republic of Ireland to the World Cup in Japan/Korea. Personally Mick looked delighted to have qualified for the World Cup, whereas Keane didn't. Everything McCarthy spoke about was positive, contrasted by Keane's comments. Whose lacking passion now? Keane seemed as if he and Mick had a personality clash. One that Keane could not get over. At the end of the day, McCarthy is the manager and what he says goes. No other player seemed to have a problem. If they did, then they couldn't have felt that strong an allegiance to Keane because they would have supported him. Now Keane has released a book in with he describes a very controversial moment. The incident in with he potentially wreaked the career of Manchester City counterpart Alfie Inge Haaland. Keane made an horrific challenge on the Man City captain that has kept the Haaland sidelined ever since. The incident happened about 3 seasons ago. In Keane's new book, he describes this incident and admits that he intended harm on Alfie. This in itself is a criminal act so if he only gets a football ban, he would have been let off lightly. Haaland is, according to newspaper reports, going to sue the Manchester United captain. There is a debate on whether Keane should be punish ed by the criminal courts or the FA. From a footballing point of view he should be banned from the game for a considerable amount of time. What kind of example would it set if he gets a slap on the wrist? Going by cases in the past, a certain Arsenal player was banned for 9 matches because he spat at a fellow professional. If you weigh up the seriousness of spitting and deliberately trying to injure someone then I think 20+ game ban is sufficient. I can't see it happening though. It's a shame to see a talented footballer spoil his image and credibility the way Keane has done. But I suppose that?s what earning a lot of money does to you. It makes you feel so secure that you live your life like a spoiled little brat!!!

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                            14.08.2002 20:05
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                            I am writing this after what can only be described as a dreadful summer for Roy Keane - first he argues his way out of playing at the greatest event in the football world, and now he has admitted to purposely 'going after' Alf Inge Haaland as some form of retribution. The man is a thug, gives the impression that he's above the law, and is clearly one of the most arrogant players we have yet had gracing these shores. I have to admit that, as a Leeds fan, my opinion may have some bias. I am not arguing about the standard of his footballing talent - he is a great player, one of the visionaries of the modern game. I remember watching him a lot when he was at Forest - his workrate was phenomenal then; it just seems to have improved game after game since then. But how long can our patience last? I was also at the 1997 Elland Road clash where Keane first injured himself recklessly by tackling Haaland. He blamed the Norwegian and effectively tried to get him sent off for feigning injury. The abuse he got at that game was merited. And now, we find out that he purposely took revenge against him when Haaland was playing for Man City in the local derby. The tackle was horrific - I remember seeing it - and rumours abounded at the time that it was a revenge attack. He has now admitted it. This throws up some interesting questions - is a sportsman guilty of a criminal offence on the sports pitch? Rugby players have been charged before - surely this should apply to Keane. Haaland is looking to sue as he has played a handful of games since. Good on him - Keane has made a fortune out of football; I hope he gets punished for his abuse of it. He has clearly got a massive attitude problem. He is the team captain and should be setting an example to all of the younger players, never mind the millions of United fans from Manchester to Guildford to Malaysia. He has abused that trust and nee ds to be punished for it.

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                              30.05.2002 23:07

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                              Whatever the reason for Roy Keane's Taz-style behaviour over the past few days (and, let's be honest, the great man has actually been acting strangely for some months now), there can be no question that he has put himself into a very tricky position with relation to his three or so million fellow countrymen and women.   Ireland is very passionate about its football. And about its status as a go-ahead, thrusting nation. And these two things, perhaps worryingly for Roy Keane, are linked. The relative success of the team over the past couple of decades is seen by some as a reflection of the nation's emergence from beneath the yoke of cultural timidity and economic weakness that were the bequest of the departing Brits. Anyone who threatens to undermine that link, and to make Ireland appear a bunch of ass in the eyes of a watching world, is liable to become Public Enemy Uimhir A Haoin (that's Gaelic, buster) and pretty damn pronto (that's Italian) too.   So you could reasonably expect that, as soon as he next touches down on Irish soil, Keano will be confronted by the braver elements of the local populace and told, in no uncertain terms that he is, to quote himself, a f*****g w****r. And it's not a label that is likely to go away any time quick. There is no nation on earth more adept at keeping alive old wounds and grudges than the Irish.   And yet there is something going on in Ireland that means that it's possible that Keane will largely get away with his antics. Or, at the very least, only endure the wrath of half the country. The downside for him, if he cares, is that he will have to spend the rest of his life associated with Sinead O'Connor, Father Ted and Daniel O'Donnell.   Let me explain. There is a battle going on in Ireland. It is a battle for the heart and soul of the nation. I know about it because my parents and half my siblings live there. Hence I spend loads of time there and the emotional tug-o-war is all too clear.   At one end of the rope you have those who wish to hang on in some way to Ireland As She Was. These are the people who liked the Ireland of the immediate post-War period; poor but happy, a simple land that rejoiced in the rural, easy-paced face it presented to the world. It was the world of raven-haired colleens in Arran sweaters, pints of foaming Guinness, jaunting cars, jovial priests and John Wayne in The Quiet Man. Of course (just like Morrissey's black and white Fifties England), it was a place that never really existed, and totally ignored the tragedy of mass economic migration, the very thing that resulted in my sorry carcass being born in Kilburn rather than Kilkenny. But the fact remains that it is a place, a time and an atmosphere that many Irish people long for, and wish to protect.   At the other extremity of the hemp there is the modern Ireland, the Ireland that likes to go under the slightly fanciful title of The Celtic Tiger. This is the young, lively country, freed (by its close ties with the EC, source of much of its new wealth) from the need to constantly measure itself against Britain, a hothouse of cultural activity and economic achievement. To the folk who promote this version of the country, much of the trappings of Ye Olde Hibernia is anathema. They want realism over romance, effort over effervescence, credibility over craic.   Hence are the lines drawn in Ireland, and each big news story tends to polarise the society. At the stern end of things, the regular arguments about abortion cause this fault line to appear. Less seriously, people tend to take sides over their cultural icons. The conservatives, for instance, love a jumper-wearing, blow-dried singer of sentimental songs called Daniel O'Donnell. Daniel is not the sort of lad a girl could take home to meet her parents; they would find him too wimpy. Yet he represents somethin g about old Ireland and is adored by his fans. The New Irelanders find him at best an irrelevance, at worst an embarrassment.   Equally divisive are Sinead O'Connor (perhaps before she went slightly crackers and declared herself Holy Roman Emperor) and Father Ted. Icons of a young, past-rejecting nation to some, the devil incarnate to others.   Enter Keano. His publicly-stated beefs (that the FAI is amateurish, that his teammates are more interested in having a laugh than seriously training to win - yes, win! - the World Cup, that Mick McCarthy concentrates on team spirit at the expense of technical training) go straight to heart of the argument.   A great many Irish people have enjoyed their country's international adventures without ever harbouring the notion that Ireland were actually becoming a world power. They loved the underdog efforts of their boys and were genuinely proud - and often genuinely inebriated - when the inevitable footballing reality eventually kicked in. For the Celtic Tiger gang, this was never enough. This kind of grinning acceptance that it's a bit of a laugh, an excuse for a party, was a source of pain.   Thus it is that Roy Keane may not face the wrath of an entire nation scorned. There will still be plenty who find his extreme professionalism tiresome, self-indulgent, selfish even. But for each of those there will be others who adopt him a patron saint of the new, determined, forceful Ireland. Neither role is one that is likely to improve the mood of Mr Grumpy. In Roy's mind he probably has more in common even with the Old Trafford prawn-munchers than he does with the baldy crooner of Nothing Compares To U?

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                              30.05.2002 20:50
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                              Roy Keane was sent home from the world cup in disgrace "the papers say." Keane publicly slagged off McCarthy they say, he called him an Englishman.(denied by Keane) So was Keane right or wrong, apparently Keane was uphappy with the conditions out there, there were no proper training facilites, small things like a pitch, the players were picking up knocks due to the conditions of the training area. He complained on behalf of his team, as any Captain would. However McCarthy and Keane have a history between each other, they have never got on, McCarthy felt Keane was undermining his authority and to get back at him, called a "Clear the air" meeting, and in front of all of the players Accused the volatile Keane of feigning injury during the earlier matches. Keane played right into his hands and who wouldn't predict the next occurance, Keane defended himself by launching into a verbal attack on McCarthy, in the normal Irish fashion peppered with swear words. Hot headed Keane disgraced perfectly in front of the whole team. Keane believes that he was right and stood by those beliefs, He was sent home by McCarthy, even after he had calmed down. Keane's point was that the Irish FA and McCarthy didin't seem committed to the cause. He is probably right, they were given shoddy facilities and allowed to go out on the beer, Keane is a 110 per cent man and has always given his heart to his country and his club, no one has ever questioned his commitment ever. His passion drives him to be the winner he is. A shame McCarthy doesn't have the same passion, if he had he would have managed his team properly and looked for a solution so that his Captain was there to lead the team and inspire them in a way anly he can. McCarthy handled the whole affair in an incompetent manner and is clearly not a good manager, as he has failed to do just that. Now his lack of commitment will no doubt send Ireland home early, a shame for all the Ir ish supporters. For without Keane who can say with confidence that they have a chance? Keane would have gone back and given 110 per cent as usual, but he would not appologise for he feels that he has done nothing wrong. At no time did McCarthy offer to meet him half way and also appologise to him. If a manager can't manage his team what hope is there. Good Luck to Ireland. Don't slag off Keane there are two sides to every story, I am sure he is heartbroken but I can only admire someone who stands by what they believe in, no matter what. A sign of true commitment.

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                                For once the biggest piece of news coming out of Japan and Korea was not about David Beckham’s toe, but a rather sensational bust up between Roy Keane, Irelands skipper and midfield star and manager Mick McCarthy. It ended in the Manchester United star being sent home in disgrace and a pretty undignified end to him international career. I was a big admirer of Roy Keane as a player. He is and still is one of the best midfielders in the English game at the moment, in his role maybe the best in the world. Having stared from humble beginnings from working class family in Cork he was spotted by a scout from Nottingham Forest playing for a local side. Brian Clough was prepared to chance him, at only 19 Keane made his debut against Liverpool at Anfield. His glowing performances for Forest earned him the young player of the year award in his second year and attracted the attention of several top clubs. When Forest were relegated soon after Keane signed to Manchester United for £3.75 million at only 23. At Manchester United Keane has blossomed into a top quality midfielder and a key part of the success that made them the team of the decade. Despite not being too much older than some, Keane was inspirational to the likes of Beckham, Giggs, Scholes, Neville and so on. With United Keane won the double twice as well as the league and internationally competing in the World Cup 1996. A knee injury saw him miss out on several games and come back stronger as well as missing out on the European Cup after a booking. His style of play is uncompromising, he gives out tough tackles and runs miles during the game. He is the ball winner around a star midfield at United, though is good at distribution as well. As a leader he is great and a natural for the role. He speaks his mind and does not mind telling players where they are going wrong. For all his talents as a player Keane has let down Ireland. This came after a bust up with the team manager Mick McC arthy on the training ground. The cause of this was the conditions for the training ground in the Far East. The team kit had arrived late, there were no changing facilities properly available and the ground was rock solid. This is not the ideal conditions for World Cup preparations, and like so many times Keane spoke his mind. He quite reasonably had a point, it just has a sad ending. Originally Keane had this dispute on the day the team list had to be submitted, this time he pulled out of the squad but was re-instated after he came back and decided he wanted to play. He also announced his intentions to retire from international football after the World Cup. There were all sorts of rumours that Keane booked himself onto a flight, and I don’t know how it was resolved. Obviously tensions were high at this point and a second argument with McCarthy personally was the end. Keane was kicked out of the squad by McCarthy in disgrace. I am totally with McCarthy on this one. Keane has done wrong and he acted as he should have done and has acted in the past. You simply do not launch off into such a personal and foul mouthed attack that Keane is reported to have done by McCarthy. Knowing him Keane did do something along these lines and let his temper get the better of him again. You can not do that as a professional. You are the worker and he is the boss. Keane may have been getting ideas above his station, but he should learn to respect his higher management. You do not do that in football, especially at this time and at this level. Even for youth teams I played in you are taught not to have a go at the manager. It is an unpleasant situation that Keane has pushed Ireland into with his big mouth. Whatever the problems they did not need to go this far. Keane has said some things, and now his pride and nature refuses to do the best thing. The unfortunate thing was if Keane left earlier a replacement could have been called up, but now it is too late. Kea ne is still registered for the World Cup and could come back in time to play next week, but this is an unlikely resolution. Keane has said he is willing to cancel his retirement as soon as McCarthy steps down, while McCarthy has no intentions of doing that. Some people say that McCarthy has overreacted and has bitten his nose off to spite his face. The fact that the teams performance could suffer should have made him more lenient of Keane. Sorry, that is totally the wrong way round, if the teams performance was at stake it should have been Keane to back down and apologies. McCarthy has nothing to answer for and Keane is and always will be the guilty party. Keane is currently on about £50,000 a week at Manchester United. When he plays for Ireland he will be paid, but not nearly as much. Representing your country is the highest honour, especially at the World Cup. It is not done for the money. Keane deciding to step down from international games to concentrate on his club for me is an act of greed. It is clear where his priorities lie and he has no intention of coming back at the end of McCarthy’s reign. No, Keane has done wrong and has made his choice. Money talks and Keane is listening. The most important thing is how this will affect Irelands chances in the World Cup. Keane has let them down with no replacement. In his place Kinsella and Holland will play most probably in the middle of the midfield. Neither have the talent or the domination of Keane, but are not bad players at all. Matt Holland especially could shine brighter now. There will be more pressure on the team, people will be looking closely and have a ready made excuse. One player does not make a team, Ireland have plenty of quality at the back and can score and create upfront. Keane will be missed for sure, but Ireland are strong. What they done want is for splits to form in the team, one for McCarthy and the other for Keane. They need to forget this and keep going ready for their first game against Cameroon. Overall I feel that Keane has let himself and more importantly the whole team and a nation. McCarthy is not totally without blame and there could have been a solution to this is one backs down. There is still time for Keane to come back if this is resolved, but this is unlikely with the two people involved being as stubborn as each other. At the end of the day Ireland can only do their best. Keane missing will be a loss, but positive things can still happen. Best of luck for them in the World Cup, shame on Roy Keane.

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                                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.