Roy Keane Talks a Lot of Sense

Since Sunderland manager Roy Keane took over the Sunderland manager job a year ago, not only has he only performed very well for the Wearsiders, but he talks an awful lot of common sense.

That sometimes is in short supply in the hysteria that surrounds the world’s best and most popular game today.

Some of the interviews he gives before and after games are really interesting, and of course, like most Irishman, he finds talking easy and seems to have the blessed gift of the gab 😀


Roy Keane – talks a lot of sense when he speaks

We have to admit we like Roy a lot, and think he has changed his persona a lot since retiring from playing the game. Of course he was a fiercely competitive player, and one of the greatest players ever to wear the Manchester United shirt. But he seems a lot calmer and very much supportive of his players these days, at least in public.

He also did well to defend young Joey Barton, who he has tried to sign for Sunderland in the past. Barton’s high tackle, as we know, caught Dickson Etuhu in the groin. The incident sparked big publicity as the players walked off at half-time during the 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light.

This is what Roy had to say today about the incident to today:

“I’m not one for jumping up and down on the sidelines when I see a tackle.” It was high but he was going to win the ball.”

“In these derby games tempers are going to be flared, the incident has been exaggerated. It’s not as though Dickson needed treatment, he was not carried off, he’s fine.”

“The lad Barton has apologized and as far as I’m concerned it’s over with, we move on. Maybe everyone made a big issue of it because it was Barton.”

“We seem to be losing that side of it,” “You have to tackle, the ball is there to be won, it’s an important part of the game.”

Well said Roy. If it had been any other player than Joey Barton, nobody would have bothered too much. The fact that representatives from Setanta Sports not only went to talk to referee Atkinson (who didn’t see it) about the event at half time, but also asked him what he was going to do about it, we think is just ridiculous.

How about that for stirring things up. Joey escaped any penalty, but as we have said previously, he is under zero tolerance for any bad behavior on the field. If he didn’t know that before Saturday, he certainly knows it now.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • dan

    Nov 14, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #1

    barton was a very lucky boy. He needs to stop behaving like a spoilt kid and concentrate on playing well.

  • Halliday

    Nov 14, 2007 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #2

    He still wanks his dog though 😀


  • steve

    Nov 14, 2007 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #3

    I quite like Roy Keane, although wether he’ll eventually make a good manager is another thing. It’s alright slagging off nancy boys who like cars better than playing football but the reality is that you need to sign some of those players if your going to win anything or even get near challenging for top four – could be one reason why mackems dont have any flair players (actually then again nor do we!)

    come on the toon

  • Brandon Lee, Malaysia

    Nov 14, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #4

    roy keane… wat a good player n manager he is… i hope he succeeds.. Good work Keano!!

  • Leo

    Nov 14, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #5

    ive got a great email from my brother of a newspaper article it says… if i dont win in the first 10 games ill be back to wanking my dog haha. i will email it to anyone who wants it.

  • wsq

    Nov 14, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #6

    FGS! he has a funkin agenda behind saying that, he needs his players to make the same kind of tackle, i bet the situation would be different if he had a cristiano ronaldo in his team or a fabregas.

  • Obafan

    Nov 14, 2007 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #7

    He was the same type of player as Barton (remember his tackle on Haaland a couple of years ago, awful).

    He is doing a good job as a manager so far though.

  • Ross

    Nov 14, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #8

    roy keane will turn out to be an excellent manager.
    he knows the game just as well as anyone else, was an excellent motivator and leader, and will bring that to whatever dressing room he is in charge of.
    i like the fact he speaks sense. alot of managers spraff alot of shite, but keane tells it how it is.
    anyone else managing sunderland could have made a huge deal out of a tackle like that, especially considering it was a derby. he didnt take sides, he looked at it from an ex players perspective and was completly fair.

  • Kash

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Alf Inge Haaland – ENOUGH SAID!!!!!

  • Hadrain

    Nov 14, 2007 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #10

    every team needs a player like barton , it’s when u have a team full of them you start to worry . id like more of the same from barton please , maybe a good right hook during a match now and then also.
    heh but seriously , its nice to see the lads swagger , if he can do that with a ball at his feet aswell then im all for the odd red card now and then .

  • Eve

    Nov 14, 2007 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Roy Keane is some legend and he should make a fine manager. Nearly every other manager talks crap. No matter what, he’s always fair and always speaks the whole honest truth (that happens to get him into a bit of trouble, well it did when he was a player) He’ll ask and expects 110% from everyone and if he doesn’t get it, even if it’s from his best player, they wont play. It’s as simple as that. Like he left 2 of his best players behind before cause they missed the bus. He wants his players to be honest and hardworking, like he is. He wont take crap from them. Ya there are no “flair” players on the pitch cause the majority of them are divers, money, nancy boys, cause well, he doesn’t want players like that.

    Keane talked alot of sense when he was a player but was restricted to what he could say, even though that didn’t stop him from time to time. Most people would have made a big deal about the tackle but he didn’t. Barton’s a little like him, as a player. Keane’s all heart, he always has been and it’s got him in trouble before, it probally will again, but it’s Keane.

    He’s right though, football is going soft and that’s pretty much what I was saying yesterday.

  • Bill f

    Nov 14, 2007 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Gonna be interesting the reaction of our lot when an opposition players does a similar “Tackle ” on one of our players and leaves him with a broken leg or a serious abdominal injury causing him to miss a large chunk of the season and making him less of a player when he does come back.

    Are we gone to say that the perpetrator is actually a nice guy so thats ok then. Somehow I think not.

    Thought this was worth repeating from previous blog

  • Eve

    Nov 14, 2007 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #13 one’s saying that the tackle wasn’t bad, it was but the way everyone reacts to tackles these days is a joke, it’s cause of the result of diving IMO anyway. Good honest tackles are usually resulted in a card these days.

    When I’m talking about tackles I don’t mean the ones like Barton did, the one on the Celtic player in the Champions League match or the one on Given.

    No ones saying that the tackle is acceptable but there’s no need to overblow it into a massive situation. But IMO I think that if it was the other way around we’d be hearing about it. Keane is just another breed of footballer.

  • toonbully

    Nov 14, 2007 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #14

    He was a dirty no good manky , who did Haaland on purpose , and then to top it off he bragged aboot it in his autobiography , and made money on it . The publishers should have dropped the book when they read his vindictive poisoned diatribe ! Poor Haaland has hardly any money now and is all washed up ….

    Keano terrific player mind you,… I remember the horrible stares he used to give Sir Al ….in the tunnel at St James.. .Great if he’d been in a toon shirt tho !

  • Hammy

    Nov 14, 2007 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Roy Keane has very dodgy eyes, like a knackered eagle eyed action man to all you 30 somethings out there….great player…..manager???? we’ll see.

  • Sinead

    Nov 14, 2007 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #16

    LOL, they’re Cork eyes. Dodgy out!!
    [url][/url] LMFAO, what a legend!! Such a typical Corkonian. Brilliant.

  • Sinead

    Nov 14, 2007 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Dodgy eyes??..they’re so Cork, dodgy eyes LOL, he is just such a typical Corkonian like, it’s not even funny. What a legend though.

  • joe

    Nov 15, 2007 at 4:49 AM

    Comment #18

    If u remember correctly haaland had previously injured keane causing him to be out for almost a whole season. To make things worse he even accused keane of diving when he went to ground. I think most of you would have wanted a little revenge if that happend to you..

  • Eamonn

    Nov 15, 2007 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #19

    Before we start pinning a halo on Keano, over here in Dublin a lot of people still think of one word… SAIPAN. How our greatest player bailed after a fit of rage because he couldn’t work with Mick McCarthy. I wonder how Keano would take a player dishing out the level of abuse he gave McCarthy back then? He’s never explained or apologised as far as I can recall. Great player, possibly great manager but he undermined himself in a huge way back in 2002. That world cup was up for grabs and he knows it well. I also remember how Alan Shearer put him in his place in St James a few years ago which was classic! He met his match back then. As for Bartons tackle, I thought it was totally out of order, it looked deliberate to me. It would have sparked a brawl in the sort of matches I play in. No doubt Keano has his own adjenda per usual, maybe Joey will be playing for the Mackems in a few years?

  • Sandy McNair

    Nov 15, 2007 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #20

    Joe – There is revenge and then there is Roy Keane. I have never respected Keane and disgusted that he hid behind the name of sport to commit thuggery. I would lock them up like the did with big dunc in scotland for headbutting a player on the field.

    I still think he is scum irrespective of how good he does as a manager.

    I think Roy will insist that his Etuhu or at least other players hurt barton on the return match. An eye for a tooth in Roys book of fair play.

  • ToonMongol

    Nov 15, 2007 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #21

    He’s a puff

  • ToonMongol

    Nov 15, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Hes still a puff mind!


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