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 worldâ€™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 safc.com 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.