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."
"Except for the mood swings!" he adds.
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.
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.
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!