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Roy Keane has warned his Barclays Premier League counterparts that loyalty works both ways amid the rumbling row over Real Madrid's pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Manchester United midfielder's future has been the subject of fevered speculation all summer, with the Old Trafford club's furious response to Real's interest sparking FIFA president Sepp Blatter's slavery comments last week.

However, while Sunderland boss Keane has some sympathy with clubs whose players are being targeted by predators, he insists they are themselves sometimes guilty of treating players like "pieces of meat".

He said: "I don't really know what is going on at United with Ronaldo and I wouldn't like to comment on it, but there have been other cases and other situations.

"I do believe, generally speaking, it works both ways. Players have been accused of being under contract and asking to leave - there have been cases over the last few years where players have refused to play.

"There was a player who went on strike a few years ago at Forest - did Mr (Pierre) van Hooijdonk go on strike?

"Maybe that's a bit to the extreme, don't get me wrong, but you talk about contracts - what does a contract mean?

"If a player wants to leave, all he has to do is come in every day, not train with the right attitude and I guarantee you that would p*** any manager off, so there are ways of doing it.

"But on the other hand, if the club want to get rid of you and you have got a two-year contract, they will get rid of you.

"I know some top players who have been forced to train with the reserves and do this and do that, so it works both ways.

"Clubs have got to be very careful when they start questioning players' loyalty because when clubs want to get rid of you, they get rid of you.

"I am 50-50. I am the manager of a football club now, but it only seems like yesterday I was playing.

"But loyalty - that word is used in football far too often. Some people talk about it, but they actually don't practice it.

"I don't think there's much loyalty left in football, unfortunately, from my own experiences."

Keane diplomatically declined the opportunity to elaborate, although he has spoken in the past about his disappointment at the way his departure from Old Trafford was handled initially.

But he admitted he would not stand in the way of a player who wanted to leave his club, provided the deal was right for his employers.

He said: "If a player wants to move and go on to better things - I am talking about any player - then I would say, 'Go for it' because when a club are finished with you, they get rid of you.

"Forget about 'this club's being loyal to players' and all this carry on, it works both ways.

"If a player came to see me and said, 'look, I have got a better opportunity' and we got a good deal, I would say 'good luck'.

"Clubs buy and sell players. Clubs sell players sometimes like a piece of meat, so if a player want so to go and better himself, good luck to him.

"When clubs are finished with you, it can happen very, very quickly.

"This word 'loyalty' is thrown about far too easily and some people haven't got a clue what the word means."


- I guess Keano is still disappointed about how things ended for him at Man Utd. I think most of us are. I won't say it was warrented, but there were definitely some mitigating circumstances. Still, the club did usher him out the back door without the proper hero's farewell he so rightfully deserved.

He does have a point about some clubs being disloyal to their players and selling them off against their wishes, but in regards to Ronaldo, he's a young player who is one of the best paid athletes on the planet and who has been backed to the hilt by his fans and yet plays games with them.
He doesn't have the gut to say what he really wants and only drops hints.

So instead of playing his games behind closed or speaking his mind in public, he plays games in public and says nothing behind closed doors. The Ronaldo affairs is not only about loyalty but also the manner in which this transfer circus has been conducted.
 

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I dont need to read this to know he is completely right ;-)
But I did read it and it ws interesting. He makes a good point that
some clubs dont show loyalty to players. Perfect example being him getting
chucked out on his ear for merely speaking the truth.
Maybe he is still a bit bitter but after doing what he did for United then he
has every right to be. he is just saying it as it is, nothing more, nothing less.
 

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it would be interesting to see what would happen if keane was still our captain, I don't think he'd be too happy with ronaldo
 

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keane is wrong there is loyality this days :rolleyes: (little loyality)

look at rio,wazza,puyol,buffon,nedved,del piero they are loyal to their club
and some teams like manchester united,arsena,ljuventus are loyal to their players
 
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Jazz 16 said:
I dont need to read this to know he is completely right ;-)
But I did read it and it ws interesting. He makes a good point that
some clubs dont show loyalty to players. Perfect example being him getting
chucked out on his ear for merely speaking the truth.

Maybe he is still a bit bitter but after doing what he did for United then he
has every right to be. he is just saying it as it is, nothing more, nothing less.
Whether it was the truth or not, club affairs should stay within the club and
Fergie was absolutely right to get rid of Keano for shooting his mouth off and
it looks like he's still bitter about it. He shouldn't even be talking about
Ronaldo, he should be more worried about relegation, which I now hope his
club suffers. I also hope we don't sell Saha to him either. :p

He's completely wrng in what he says anyway. You don't sign a four year
contract and then decide 12 months into it that you want to leave and play
somewhere else. nobody makes you sign a contract.

I don't think he'll be making any friends at OT with stupid comments like these.
 

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TheManc said:
it would be interesting to see what would happen if keane was still our captain, I don't think he'd be too happy with ronaldo
he would pulverise him to a pulp :D


abojodeh said:
keane is wrong there is loyality this days :rolleyes:

look at rio,wazza,puyol,buffon,nedved,del piero they are loyal to their club
and some teams like manchester united,arsena,ljuventus are loyal to their players
hmm strange examples of players you picked as the loyal ones......
Rio-contract bs, Rooney-'Once a blue always a blue', Buffon-upped and left
Parma when the money bags came a clinking.....
You should have used examples like Neville, Giggs and Scholes but anyway....


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Whether it was the truth or not, club affairs should stay within the club and
Fergie was absolutely right to get rid of Keano for shooting his mouth off and
it looks like he's still bitter about it. He shouldn't even be talking about
Ronaldo, he should be more worried about relegation, which I now hope his
club suffers. I also hope we don't sell Saha to him either. :p

He's completely wrng in what he says anyway. You don't sign a four year
contract and then decide 12 months into it that you want to leave and play
somewhere else. nobody makes you sign a contract.

I don't think he'll be making any friends at OT with stupid comments like these.
You make a bit of a point about club affairs. They should remain in house,
but it was at a time when something needed to be said. he was injured and
Fergie's spokesman on the field. Maybe he took it too far, but he wasnt wrong
in the criticisms he dished out. Ill half give you that one Z.

Saying you hope he gets relegated is shocking. How could you wish that upon
Captain Keano, United legend? I really think you arent reading what
was said properly. usual media twisting BS. Look at the vid I
posted at the end and if you can be bothered, to read the great
interview on Keane. Shows why he may be a bit bitter.
Keane doesnt lie, just says it how it is, and he is not wrong here.

Anyway, I can see what you are saying to a certain extent, but my
Keane tinted glasses are staying firmly put.....The man can do no wrong in my
eyes, cos he is my hero. thats all I gotta say really.:)
Im right you are wrong :p
 

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Jazz 16 said:
hmm strange examples of players you picked as the loyal ones......
Rio-contract bs, Rooney-'Once a blue always a blue', Buffon-upped and left
Parma when the money bags came a clinking.....
You should have used examples like Neville, Giggs and Scholes but anyway....
first of all gary paul and giggs are to loyal to talk about their loyalty
second of all they played in 90's , and keane was talking about the loyalty of these days players (young ones) about players played in late 90's and start of 2000.
rio and rooney would never leave us
and buffon stayed with juve and played for them in the 2nd league while he was able to join bigger team like acmilan which won the ucl :rolleyes:
i should have used oshea as example of loyalty
he is loyal more than any player ever
a very good player who is capable of doing allot and deserves to be regular
is kept on the bench
even so he renews his contract and he would never leave manchester united
god bless you john oshea :)
 

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I do sympathise with Keane.

I think that fateful scene when Keane lambasted his team mates was never meant for the public to know. So technically it was done behind closed doors.

And after years of distinguished services to the club, the awkward speed of urshering him out of the door must surely be hard to stomach. Perhaps a planned exit on the basis of mutual benefits would have been more diplomatic and amiable.

Bet the memories will definitely be sweeter.
 

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the thing with keane is that he says it how it is. none of this 'on the fence' stuff, if he has an opinion he will say it, no matter how many people disagree. Unfortunately your always gonna anger people that way, but then he wouldn't be Roy Keane other wise would he?
 

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Football clubs pay heavily for the right to discard players when they fail to perform.

I don't agree with Keane at all. The club doesn't fail to pay the players' wages, so the players' shouldn't fail to produce the football they're being paid to play. It's not a difficult concept.

United comes before relationships within the club. Sir Alex used to be in love with Keane. Keane brought about his own departure. Conflict management never used to be his forte.

He's always be a legend despite that, but he can't stand up against Scholes & Giggs.
 

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he has seriously got a problem with either united or fergie. he is trying his best to alienate united fans against him.

bloke is legend but dont need to come out slating whatever is happening at United at the minute
 

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check out this article from a while ago - it explains Keanes argument a little more in terms of the club treating players like meat.
It's a great read if you can get through it all. Bit long but worth it.

United still feel the sting of Roy's venom

Tom Humphries talks to the Corkman who, given his past experiences as a player and his recent experience as manager, believes there is something to be learned after every disaster

LIFE IN the middle lane. He's not used to it. He notices though that everyone adapts a little quicker than he does. He's always conscious of the fast lane. Maybe he just thinks too much.

They call him boss or they call him gaffer. That was the hardest thing to get used to. He can't describe the embarrassment. He expected it on the training ground but, listen, the girls in the office? The grey-beard scouts who are half a lifetime older than him? Men who had been at the club forever?

"Morning boss. Hello gaffer!" "How's the form?" he would reply and he would be cringing. Boss!

But he expected it on the playing pitch. He needed the distance. Another problem. Another embarrassment. One of his old team-mates, somebody he had played with kept calling him Roy. Red faced that he had to say it. I'm not Roy anymore.

The player hadn't even realised it. Roy was Roy after all, not a man whose tail you would tug lightly. It was embarrassing to have to pull him but it looked like there were different rules for friends.

His old friend, Tony Loughlin, came on board from Leicester. Just started calling him boss except in family situations where he became Roy again. Tony found it easier than Roy did. Tough to get used to your friends calling you boss. He's sure though that they call him worse when he's not around.

He moved house too, but not up to Sunderland or Durham as planned. Stayed in Manchester but moved to a cul de sac. His old house had become a tourist attraction, especially for Irish people cruising past for drive-by snoopings. One day he saw an old friend, a lad he had known for a long, long time, stopping outside with a TV crew. Enough.

They moved to somewhere quieter with no through traffic and great walks for the dog. The kids are getting older too, more independent. He had them in Barcelona for a few days last week and now their affections are half Barca, half Sunderland. His family remain his escape but things change.

They have more interest now that they are older and he is a manager. They never bothered with his business as a player. Now they read the results.

"They don't go to many games but they know that when they go they have more responsibility to me. Every week they know the result before I get home. You won. You lost. And they'll adapt to the results! I think it's because as a player most weeks we won! Now they are looking and figuring out that Sunderland only get one win on average, every seven or eight games! They are saying let it be today, let it be today."
 

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Defeat he still rages against. New name. Boss or gaffer. Same old Roy.

He hits town on the day that Bertie dematerialises. For a moment there is confusion concerning the natural hierarchy of celebrity in our crazy world. Roy Keane is here working again on behalf of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Will Bertie's vanishing act make Roy disappear from media consciousness for a day? The Page Ranking people are perplexed.

The world isn't ordered this way. Take Bertie and Roy. It was Bertie after all who could be found six years ago at Dublin airport as Roy left for the World Cup, Bertie bent over the footballer in a posture of supplication, Roy's gaze hardly shifting from the floor.

This morning though there is the usual media scrimmage. Roy is box office for eternity and the sight of it re-caffeinates the Page Ranking people and restores their faith in humankind.

Roy Keane, for all his defiant disavowals of celebrity and it's gaudy trappings, moves through the world attracting attention without even trying. A magnet to which us media filing are drawn helplessly.

At one stage he is ushered into a room full of suits, where his remarks, quiet and humorously baleful, draw uproarious and appreciative laughter. When Roy is done, Ken Doherty, who used to be world snooker champion, leaves without being detained by any of the schoolboys outside. An hour later in the same room Dublin footballers Barry Cahill and Alan Brogan arrive in to present Keane with a signed jersey. They come as fans not as equals. Roy Keane has that effect.

His first season as a Premier League manager is drawing to a close and the report card looks like being a satisfactory one. Sunderland should survive. For a club whose previous experiences of the Premier League have generally been the starting point for bungee jumps towards oblivion that is enough. Survival is not ensured but he feels comfortable enough to talk about changing the culture of the club he runs.

Things are changing with him anyway. Sunderland has infected him. For instance he pays some attention now to the wisdom of crowds. A few weeks ago against Everton in the Black Cats' own backyard he heard a voice behind him having a pop. He swivelled around and caught the end of the it. "Playing for 75 minutes with one up front and it isn't effin working ya . . ."

His face darkened and then.

"Do you know what? He was spot on. We had five in the middle and one up front and it wasn't working. It's like that. He was right. I don't always agree but a lot of time fans are spot on. Sometimes we get nasty letters. Sue in the office, well I don't think she shows me many, just the odd one when she thinks I should know what is going on. She gave me one last week. This man was having a go at the way we played (pause). So I rang him up."

At this point he allows a moment for you to picture the stricken features of the poor soul who hastily committed his frustrations to the vellum and sent them off confident perhaps that Sue in the office would either include the epistle in the bundle for the days shredding or hand it over in a sheaf heavy with disgruntlement. And here now was Roy Keane on the other end of the telephone. The thump, thump, thump of that vein in his temple audible down the line.

And?

"Ah, we had a chat. I said to him I knew what he was saying but it isn't time yet. In a few years hopefully we will have five maybe six players capable of getting forward but for now we have to survive. We need to play the way we do to stay in the division. Not to be a yo-yo club."

The wisdom of crowds. He reckons that possibly back at the starting gate to this season he was more romantic than the club he manages. His career path had been different after all and he isn't a sing-along type of guy.

There were things, however, Sunderland fans understood that their manager couldn't. "I would never at the start of the year talked about survival or dogfights but the supporters were using those terms all the time. Maybe it took till we lost to Everton and United to realise for now we aren't going to go 4-4-2 against United and surprise them."

He spoke to people after Sunderland got promoted last year and the theme was the same. He was to expect three to four good thumpings in his first year up. He lists three traumas.

Everton away. Lost 7-1.

Manchester United at home. Lost 4-0.

Wigan in the cup. Lost 3-0.

"So that's three, Wigan, United and Everton.

And what about Luton in the League Cup, you suggest timidly.

"Luton! That's my four! Thank God! That game we made one or two changes but that was the same night Clive Clarke had the heart attack at Leicester. It was bad but there was perspective."

Three questions arise instantly here.

One: Which of the four was the hardest to stomach?

Two: Clive Clarke, that's the same guy who announced that he found your rantings and ravings unhelpful?

Three: Have you noticed how often you mention God?

Those Friday morning press conferences seem to give Him a weekly mention? You don't want to delve too deep into the traumas. Clive Clarke could be the blue-touch paper for an outburst. You get God warmed up on the sidelines. He (Roy Keane that is) laughs.

"Ah I'd be very careful there," he says. "I'm not a big Jesus type or anything. You have to think though. If you were to tell me two years ago that I would have left United gone to Celtic and then become manager of Sunderland with the people who are in charge of Sunderland, I would have said no, no way.

"I'm in the habit alright of saying, please God or referring to the 'man above' but I wouldn't like anybody to think that it's a whole new leaf turned over and that I am. I notice myself that it has changed a bit since I was manager but I'm just the typical Irish catholic really, nothing very holy. I believe though, especially as a manager, now that I can't influence things on the pitch so much, that something must influence things!"

Which lets us hopscotch back to question one. So when you are 7-1 down to Everton, do you feel like the man above is having a laugh? "Well I can't blame the man upstairs for Everton. I blame myself. That was one of the days as a manager when I was very naive. We played very open football. It's about learning. We were actually open, very good on the eye, had maybe more possession but we lost 7-1! That day I got it wrong. I should have swallowed my pride."

He recalls the game. There was a period when Sunderland were losing three- or four-one and he knew perhaps he should change things and cut his losses. The pride, that quality of which he has been both benefactor and victim, told him to stick with it, to keep having a go.

He knows now that there is a big difference between losing by three or four and not seven especially at this stage of the season with goal difference. He can hardly bring himself to say it but in future he would take a 4-1 defeat, thanks.

He came out after Goodison and he took the blame. The players needed guidance for a couple of days and he wore the sackcloth and ashes. It isn't always so. Last week at West Ham for instance, seeking an almost unprecedented back-to-back win series in the Premier League they were torpid in the first half.

"Sometimes we let the players get their drinks and settle down in the dressingroom at half-time before we go in and talk things through. Last week though I was in there straight away. It wasn't good enough."

He talks on about the bad days this season. The League Cup to Luton. 3-0. Not good. Losing 4-0 at home to United. Hurt a bit but United were very good. You ask if it hurt because it was United. He brushes it aside. He feels no affinity with his old clubs, he says. He is Sunderland.

The worst night was Wigan at home in the FA Cup. Kenwyne Jones was injured. Roy says himself that he hadn't been clever enough to use a rotation system. Sunderland were weakened but so too were Wigan, Wigan missed a chance at the end to make it 4-0.

"I didn't leave the house for three or four days afterwards. Just stayed in stewing. When I came back up I didn't come into work till the Friday. I recharged the batteries, licked my wounds. I was trying to clear the head. It creeps back in.
"That's the way I am. There is a downside to it. I was critical of other players but 100 times worse on myself. I had to sit with that. Even walking the dog wasn't doing it. You have to stew with it sometimes. I learned a lot about certain players that day. I found out how far we are behind in terms of strength of squad. Certain players came up well short against a weakened Wigan team. After every disaster there is something you can learn."
 

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Of the team that played against Wigan Graham Kavanagh and Andy Cole soon went out on loan. David Connolly hasn't played a game since and Martin Waghorn has played just once. It has been that sort of season. Wisdom and gain have been squeezed out the hard way, clawed incrementally from the rock face of the Premier League.

People point out Sunderland spent £40.3 million (€51.3 million). There is an answer to that but less value attached to the answer. The way Sunderland spent their money, the way they had to spend it, is illustrative of the Premier League's declining value system. Money isn't enough. Shed loads of it would help but mere money buys very little.

"Michael Chopra cost £5 million (€6.4 million) and scored four goals. Kenwyne Jones scored six goals and cost £6 million (€7.6 million). Anthony Stokes, an early signing, at £2 million (€2.6 million) scored two goals. United won the league and spent £50 million (€63.6 million)," he says.

That's the world in the fast lane.

United. It's a surprise to hear him say he feels no affinity with any of his former professional clubs. Everything is changing though. He goes to clubs now as a manager where he remembers being booed, and fighting tooth and nail with the locals and hating the sight of their jerseys and they are wonderfully courteous and friendly to him. Good people. Arsenal couldn't be more decent. Arsene Wenger and Pat Rice. Rafa. Great. David Moyes. Excellent. He spent some time with Martin O'Neill after the Villa game and he could have sat listening to him all night. Everywhere he goes he soaks things up, looks for evidence of values and the right way to do things.

And affinity? It is with Rockmount AFC. Where he was made. The lads come over regularly. A couple of his old mates manage the team now and they talk about the old days and management. They were all over for the Villa game. Len Downey and Damien Martin are coming over for Middlesbrough.

The older he gets and the more he sees, the greater his appreciation of the innocence and the loyalties he saw at Rockmount. He went to Rockmount when he was eight and stayed till he was 16 or 17. That he believes now is what football is all about . He has seen the business side of the game and people suddenly begrudging you when you cease to be of use.

It still hurts. Forest tried to milk him for money he was owed when he was sold to Manchester United. The postscript to his playing career at Celtic was a mistake he feels. United still feel the sting of his venom. Their betrayal still hurts.

Having statements ready like United when you have served a certain amount of time for them and they don't even get the years you were there right in the statement. You think "Ah well, there you go".

"The day I left United, in hindsight, I should have stopped playing really. I lost the love of the game that Friday morning. I thought football is cruel, life is cruel. It takes two to tango also. I am fully responsible for my own actions but some things are wrong. I left on a Friday and they told me certain things before I left that day. I was told the following week I couldn't sign for another club. I had been led to believe I could. There were certain things I was told at certain meetings that were basic lies."That was part of the exit plans, I am convinced. Especially with my pride, I wasn't going to accept that. They had a statement prepared and they were thanking me for 11 and a half years of service. I had to remind the manager and (Manchester United chief executive) David Gill I had been there 12 and a half years. I think that might have been part of the plan. Then financial stuff was mentioned. I was thinking, my God. I am happy to leave. I won't go down that road. A week later they announced £70 or £80 million profit after telling me I hadn't played for six weeks and so they weren't prepared to do this and that. I told David Gill I had broken my foot playing for Manchester United against Liverpool. Pretty sad.
"I look back and think I should have said this and I should have said that. It is like Mick McCarthy at the World Cup. I always think when he said if you don't have respect for me you can't play for me, I should have said to him what I felt. I am not playing for you I am playing for Ireland. It is easy to be wise afterwards."

He talks for a long time about loyalty. Its meaning in his life. United hurts and Saipan hurts. They were times when he expected some loyalty back but he realises now when you outlive your usefulness to some people loyalty is too much to expect.

He is mellowing a little. Clive Clarke, the Dubliner who was having a heart attack at Leicester on the night Sunderland lost to Wigan in the cup, has described Keane as ranting and raving like Lear on the heath, a piece of loose talk which might have cost others more dearly. He muses.

"Clive? That was strange, he only ever played one or two games with me. There was no ranting and raving. That is frustrating when a player is second guessing a bit but I would have been a lot more concerned if it was Yorkie (Dwight Yorke) or Grant Leadbitter who had been involved in every game. In defence of Clive there was a lot of frustration. He hadn't been well. He had been out on loan. When I got the job he was coming back from injury.

"That's it?"

He laughs and concedes the matter of his diminished temper is something he is reminded of often. There is a watch on. KeanoWatch. They study the volcano waiting for the lava to spill. "They are waiting for that. There was an incident about three months ago. We'd had a bad run six, seven or eight games without a win. They all turned up at the Friday morning press conference believing there was something going to happen. A lot of the questions were 'was I going to stick it'.

"Their experience was suggesting I would throw the head somewhere. I haven't been near to an explosion. I don't feel it coming around the corner."

He concedes this isn't quite the case. The difference is though Keane the player and Keane the manager. About six weeks ago one Friday morning at the training ground a player took a knock before the end-of-session five-a-side. The manager stepped in to play. The manager's team lost the game. The manager was unbelievably upset and frustrated.

"It was unfair on the players. I had made a deal with myself that I wouldn't join in. This day I did join in. I got so frustrated and angry that we lost. The next day my hip was pretty sore from the twisting and turning. That was my punishment.

"If anything I embarrassed myself a little bit. Not just upset. I was absolutely fuming. I walked off the training pitch like we'd just lost a cup final. I've always been like that. It is fine being like that as a player. You can't do it as a manager.

"I am aware other managers have joined in. Graeme Souness ended up in a fight in a training game. In a sense I could see that happening. We were in Spain training the other day, they said will you join in. I said, 'ah no thanks'. I learned the hard way. Yorkie and one or two knew what I am like. It was strange for the lads to see me so upset.

"I'm sure they were taking the p*** behind my back. I know players. I'm sure they ripped me to bits in the dressingroom. I always say I'm fine as long as I don't know about it! When a manager does something outside the norm the dressingroom is going to take the p*** out of him."

When the Rockmount lads come over they take the p*** out of him as only friends can about his ways and his intensity. He loves it but there is a bottom line. He was always desperate. Lads like Len and Damien, they had more talent but he says to them they never wanted it like he wanted it. Not madly. Not obsessively. Not a desperation. That need drove his competitiveness and it is that he hopes to place at the soul of Sunderland. Next year he will spend the same money but on fewer players, better players.

Meanwhile the culture is changing in the club. He makes sure people are treated well. He never wants anybody to leave with the mixed feelings he has about Manchester United. He has surrounded himself with a staff that mirror his own traits. Four or five close staff members each as competitive as their boss. They swim. It ends in a row. They play cards. They end up fighting. They have a day out go karting.

"You think they take F1 seriously. You should see us go karting."

His first season in the Premier League is almost over. Survival will copperfasten his reputation as perhaps the brightest young manager in the game. You would think the accumulation of medals and caps through the years would inform his management style more than anything else but in fact it is the bad days.

People ask him often about Aidan, his son, and what sort of footballer he is. Fact is Aidan has has no interest in football, he worships at the church of X Box. His father has seen the business of football and, "That's grand. He has his own life to live. I wouldn't be sure about football for him even if he wanted it. They are very independent, my kids though, they wouldn't bat an eyelid either way. It wouldn't concern me one bit if Aidan never had any interest in football. It's dog eat dog out there. Leaving clubs, my God, that's when you realise. This is what it is all about."
 

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Come the summer he is looking forward to having a lazy break somewhere. To getting away form it all. He notes that Alan Curbishley and Paul Jewell stepped back from management altogether for a while. He has often said he would like to take a year out to travel.

"I am more than capable of stepping back for a year or two. I spoke about travelling a few times. I thought to myself not long ago, I never did enough travelling and then I thought some more and said, 'hey I really don't like travelling that much'. I flew back from Dublin last night. That was long enough for me!"

In June he travels to New Zealand to finish his pro-licence. Part of the module requirements are spending time with another sport. Keane got in touch with a friend, who got in touch with the All Blacks. He will spend three or four days with the All Blacks and their backroom team as they prepare for their Test against Ireland. If Roy Keane wanted to play to half-time for the All Blacks it is conceivable they could accommodate the request. In the meantime he will modestly make the most of what he sees without pushing it.

"What level of involvement I can have, just watching training or whatever I don't know. I have the green light to have three or four days with them. I don't know if I will be allowed in to any team talks. I'll keep my head down and just watch them. Try to plug into what they are always about."

He has long been interested in the All Black's warrior tradition and the Haka. "If the Haka didn't inspire you before a game what could," he wonders.

With Sunderland he tries to think outside of the box every now and then. All the courses and talks he attends, everyone speaks the jargon. He tries to be slightly different. Small things. Throw on a video of a different sport. A comedy. Anything.

Last year going for promotion everyone was getting uptight and the pressure was starting to tell. They were playing Wolves at home, a big game on the verge of the play-offs. They players were called in to their pre-game video analysis of Wolves. Instead they got that wonderful segment of Ken Loach's 1969 movie Kes where Brian Glover plays a teacher with a Bobby Charlton fixation. They just had a good laugh together. They never mentioned Wolves once. Then they went out and won.

Year one in the Premier League is coming to an end. He has said more intelligent things and more witty things than half of the Premier League's management suits put together. He has it seems hacked survival out of a tradition which promised disaster. And wisdom keeps filling his head. These you think are the formative experiences of a great manager.

He talks of home. How nothing there would suggest to a visitor that he ever played for Forest, or Manchester United or Celtic. Just Sunderland, you ask missing the point. "No," he says. "You'd never know I was in football at all."

You nod.

"Except for the mood swings!" he adds.

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A few good posts nicked from the caf. I thought it would be good to get some other views on this story (views which I happen to think are spot on) ;-)

keano is spot on. get off your high horses. keano doesn't sugar coat anything, he just speaks his mind and its usually the truth. What he is saying is that from the player's point of view, you should look after yourself and do what's right for you. he's not saying madrid are bigger or better.

all this keano the manager is different than the player that played for us. ********. he's the same, its just you were looking through red tinted specs before. football could use more roy keanes.


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Roy said and this is key "If you feel you can move on to bigger and better things then do it". This is what he said here - http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/7512607.stm
So he's not suggesting that anyone is bigger and better than United. Someone might feel that Hull are bigger than Barca, and if they feel that, then "go for it".
The caption underneath the interview in the link above says "Sunderland boss Roy Keane's take on the Cristiano Ronaldo transfer saga is that players should move on to 'bigger and better things' whenever they can."
This is deliberately misrepresenting the video piece above in order to make saps of you on here and it worked, as it always does. But I hate that, again, people are trying to set Roy (who is bitter about how it all ended here and is older and wiser because of it) against United and we're responding to it, as always, like bitches.

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Fair enough if people feel it is a bitter pill to swallow - but we have to remain sensible about these things. We have to be objective - I mean you see players kissing the badge these days and you know they'd kiss any badge if they were to get more money!

Players are human, and they are also professionals....i'm an accountant and if Pricewaterhouse coopers were to come along to the firm i work in and say...heres double your salary (for example) to do the same job, i'd be bloody interested of course!! the same way most players would be these days. Whether we like it or not, the game and more importantly LOYALTY is dictated by money.

Keane is saying some players have no loyalty at the moment but also states that clubs also can be very willing to dispense of a player, say in keanes case of "legendary" status, and do so in quite a cold manner despite years of incredible service.

he's just showing that it does take "two to tango"

what i have to reiterate is that keane:

at NO stage advocated Ronaldos actions.
at NO stage AGREED with the "slave" comment

as you stated he has said nothing incorrect, just brought a balanced and different perspective to the whole comment.

Some people are now off saying "i supported keane for years etc etc etc, now i hate the ****".

I mean, give me a break.

People are losing sight of the real villains here,

People should be more angry with Ronaldo himself, Madrid, Marca, AS and Sepp Blatter.

Roy Keane red legend

AND (thnx to this lad for the article) Keano6 16

it is an interesting article.

We all know Keane wasnt the player he was when he departed but the manner in which united got rid of him leaves a lot to be desired.

Keane is a legend, one of uniteds all time greats. People should remember him for what he did for united - the way fergie does. He's given his opinion on a subject everyone is being asked about and he's answered its sensibly from his own experiences as manager and player.

what the hell is wrong with that!
 

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cheers jazz, one of the most interesting articles I've read in a while.

No matter what Keane says though I think deep down he still loves United. 10 years from now imagine Keane as United manger with Cantona his assistant :eek: Not gonna happen I know but that would be amazing.

edit: I wonder if someone can tell me, did Keane get a CL winner medal in 99?
 

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No probs Manc. Im sure you were one of the only ones that read it lol.

Here is what he said. The media have a great way of twisting words.
he didnt say anything wrong and wasnt particularly talking about Ronaldo,
but more so just in general.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/7512607.stm

Anyway, Keane is right and everyone who disagrees with him is wrong.
its simple really ;-)
 

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Wow that was long. Only read most of it.

Roy Keane said:
The difference is though Keane the player and Keane the manager. About six weeks ago one Friday morning at the training ground a player took a knock before the end-of-session five-a-side. The manager stepped in to play. The manager's team lost the game. The manager was unbelievably upset and frustrated.

"It was unfair on the players. I had made a deal with myself that I wouldn't join in. This day I did join in. I got so frustrated and angry that we lost. The next day my hip was pretty sore from the twisting and turning. That was my punishment.

"If anything I embarrassed myself a little bit. Not just upset. I was absolutely fuming. I walked off the training pitch like we'd just lost a cup final. I've always been like that. It is fine being like that as a player. You can't do it as a manager.


"It was unfair on the players. I had made a deal with myself that I wouldn't join in. This day I did join in. I got so frustrated and angry that we lost. The next day my hip was pretty sore from the twisting and turning. That was my punishment.

"If anything I embarrassed myself a little bit. Not just upset. I was absolutely fuming. I walked off the training pitch like we'd just lost a cup final. I've always been like that. It is fine being like that as a player. You can't do it as a manager.
Starting to doubt if Keane can be United manager one day.

Roy Keane said:
The day I left United, in hindsight, I should have stopped playing really. I lost the love of the game that Friday morning. I thought football is cruel, life is cruel. It takes two to tango also. I am fully responsible for my own actions but some things are wrong. I left on a Friday and they told me certain things before I left that day. I was told the following week I couldn't sign for another club. I had been led to believe I could. There were certain things I was told at certain meetings that were basic lies."That was part of the exit plans, I am convinced. Especially with my pride, I wasn't going to accept that. They had a statement prepared and they were thanking me for 11 and a half years of service. I had to remind the manager and (Manchester United chief executive) David Gill I had been there 12 and a half years. I think that might have been part of the plan. Then financial stuff was mentioned. I was thinking, my God. I am happy to leave. I won't go down that road. A week later they announced £70 or £80 million profit after telling me I hadn't played for six weeks and so they weren't prepared to do this and that. I told David Gill I had broken my foot playing for Manchester United against Liverpool. Pretty sad.
I've read this before. Really poor from United.
 

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I think if one of keanos players step out of line I think he would be the first one to show him the door eg. putting miller on the transfer list for being late for training.
The manager has to be loyal to the fans and whats best for the club and what he is trying to achieve otherwise hes not doing his job. Keano was a legend and his loyalty to united he will always be remembered as a united legend.
 
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