Roy Keane Full Of Praise For Kevin Keegan

Sunderland manager Roy Keane has heaped praise on Kevin Keegan, who of course has returned as manager of Newcastle United, who are Sunderland’s opponents on Sunday.


Kevin Keegan – football needs people like Kevin

Keane said today:

“I was delighted to see him come back in, absolutely delighted.” “You see a lot of people in football, and a lot of people are maybe even losing their love for the game.”

“I watched a reserve game the other night and it was absolutely shocking, just people going through the motions.” “What shouldn’t be underestimated, and I am not being disrespectful, is Kevin’s enthusiasm.”

“It is absolutely brilliant and I love that. It was only a matter of time before they started getting back to winning ways.” “Football needs people like Kevin Keegan, trust me.”

“Any manager will tell you, it takes time. But unfortunately, managers do not get that time.” “Everyone needs to be patient and we are seeing that now even with Kevin Keegan. He has still only been back two minutes.”

“But what Kevin Keegan has got, he has got great enthusiasm for the game and that is a vital component for any manager.” “The game can become very robotic, but what you see with Kevin is that he loves the game and that is rubbing off on his players.”

“The players, particularly over the last few of weeks, seem to have been playing with great freedom and they seems to be really enjoying the game.”

“If you want to be at the top, top level, you have got to enjoy being a footballer and you have got to enjoy the so-called pressures of the game.” “That’s why you have seen Newcastle playing so well over the last few weeks.”

We knew there was a good reason we liked the man.   😀

Good words from Roy Keane, who seems to have taken on a whole new and calmer persona since he became manager. Roy’s very interesting to listen to, when he’s talking about a game, and so very down to earth.

We’re not surprised to hear this from Roy, because when Kevin was appointed in mid-January, Keane had only good things to say about Keegan, and mentioned even at that time that football needed men like Kevin Keegan.

It’s certainly a very nice gesture from the Sunderland manager before Sunday’s game at St. James’ Park.

But Kevin will still want to take the red and whites to the cleaners, that’s for sure. 😀

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far


    Apr 17, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Well youre not as stupid as i thought beano

    Youll get a nice reception on Sunday mate NOT

    No one takes a swing at Wor Al and then makes himself more unpopular by taking on Blunderland

  • scottish mag

    Apr 17, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #2

    its all mind games, he is trying to get keegan to respect scumderland, no chance

  • Kelvin Koogan

    Apr 17, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Hes got the passion though. Never had much time for him as a player, but he does demand respect and as ed says he seems to be a lot mellower now.
    maybe the rivalry will get a bit friendlier now our boss is mates with the mackem boss…


  • Marty

    Apr 17, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Whatever!!!!!Nice words but we hope we stuff ya on Sunday.Will be a tough game but i think OBA BABY will bust the feckin net,hee hee hee.
    Howay the lads

  • scottish mag

    Apr 17, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #5

    i think we should go for seedorf, he wants to leave if ronaldinho comes,

    and juilio baptista is for sale,

  • Graham

    Apr 17, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s just being nice so Ashley will let him park his caravan in the car park on sunday.


    Apr 17, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Keanes autobiography:

    ” We were due to play Sunderland the following day, A nothing Club ”

    ” Good old Niall Quinn, The peacemaker tryed to give me a consolation handshake, I told him where to go in no uncertain terms ”

    ” Shortly after a knock on the door, Guess who Quinny, What does this f*****g muppet want i thought ”

    ” We then played Newcastle at St James’ park, A top team, Motoring up the league and at the peak of their form ”

    ” St James’ Park, In front of Newcastles incredibly passionate supporters,Who deserve a championship ”

    Well Mackems you must be so proud with this guy as your Manager?

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 17, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Sod off Keane you sad, pathetic shithouse

    Hope Shearer cathes you off guard and slams your ugly face through the advertising hoardings

    Bellend 🙂


    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Shearer wouldnt need to catch him off guard Keanes all talk

    He just gobs off at people and used to kick people when they were defenceless like he did with Haaland, Stamped on Southgate when he was on the ground, Elbowed McAteer after walking up behind him, Mouthed off at Vieira but never backed up his words, He even backed down from Mad Mick when they had their arguments with the irish side.

    And by the looks of it when he went to hit Al he punches like Graham Norton

  • Murvar

    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Time to edit these guys out of sight Ed; you’ve got a policy on abuse, so implement it, please. Even when it’s about Mackems.

  • Macca

    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #11

    I’ve a lot of respect for the lad, he’s very honest. I had when he was a player, was one of the best captains around, one of the best midfielders of his era, it most have been great playing with him an outstanding, down to earth, say it as it is captain, and a lot better then the likes were seeing today. Now even though he’s not a player anymore I find it hard to shake that respect I have for him..believe me I’m trying. For a second I’d be taken a back about how well he’s doing with Sunderland, that he got that excuse for a team up to the Premiership deserves praise. Hate the club with a passion, but you got to respect him as a manager. He’s done a great job..unfortunately.

  • Steve D

    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #12

    I’ll be the first to say that if he weren’t manager of s*nderland I’d really like the bloke.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #13

    I bet he won’t be saying anything good if Shearer is the manager.

  • Mehzeb

    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Some of the people here are just bitter deep down. Roy Keane gave Keegan nothing but praise, and has been a supporter of our manager ever since his appointment in January. Even after this, alot of these so-called fans are abusing Keane… why? Because we have a match against his side on Saturday? Or because he played for Man U? It’s a shame that foul language and abuse has now replaced decency and well-balanced analysis and commentary. I, myself have never liked Roy Keane, but to make fun of him for praising Keegan is immature and definitely a qualifies as nothing more than a cheap-shot.

    Now, these same people will now jump on me like Sumo wrestlers proclaiming that I’m a Mackem, or a Smoggie, and what not. Let me make it easier for the people who actually want to proceed in that line of argument… I bleed Black & White.

  • Leo

    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #15

    keano walks his dog, keano keano walks his dog

    replace appropriate letters.

  • shearer4pm

    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #16

    no keane we will nt go easy on you

    giving up b4 he’s started haha

  • Spot The Zebra

    Apr 17, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Lets hammer them on Sunday and see if he still talks nice about us!!!

  • nightfall

    Apr 17, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Mehzeb – well said

  • Spyro

    Apr 17, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #19

    whoa! did Keane really say that stuff in his biography?


    Apr 17, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Mehzeb it may have escaped your attention but this is nothing to do with him playing for Man Utd, have a look who he is the manager of.

    I class stamping on a fair player and a nice guy like Southgate while he is on the ground a cheap shot, Or elbowing Mcateer while his back was turned a cheap shot.

    Keane was a great player and no doubt a good manager but he lost my respect well before the handbags with Shearer with his thuggish antics.

    I would rather listen to Gentlemen like Martin O’Neill Steve Coppell and Rafa Bentitez who have supported KK from the start as well.


    Apr 17, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Yep he said all that and now sucks up to sunderland and Niall Quinn like no bodys business.

    Then calls other Managers and players hypocrites !!

  • Spyro

    Apr 17, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #22

    This is the best one

    ” Shortly after a knock on the door, Guess who, Quinny, What does this f*****g muppet want i thought ”


  • malaysian toon

    Apr 17, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #23

    good to hear other managers talk good bout king kev


    Apr 17, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Yep he said that, I couldnt find it but i definately remember him slating Sunderlands fans somewhere in the book as well !!!

    If anyone is wondering why i have Roy Keanes book it is because the lasses in WH Smith conned me into buying it as it is apparently the “most amazing book in soccer” which is an over inflated title as it was really poor.

    A couple of petty bits about Jack Charlton, Mick McCarthy, Patrick Vieira and a rant about Wembley and that about it although as i said earlier on he is surprisingly complimentary abut NUFC.

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 17, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #25

    We are talking about the filth here and the bloke who manages them. This is a NUFC blog.

    MURVAR, how do you expect us geordies to react on Sunday when we play them?

    Shake all thair hands and invite them all round to the bigg market for a few friendly babychams??

    Get real you mackem loving mong!!!! 🙂

  • Murvar

    Apr 17, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Well thank you Ronaldeano. It’s so good to be conversing with an intellectual pygmy who has a mild personality disorder. I shall be there on Sunday with the 3 season tickets I have had at SJP for donkey’s years and I will want us to win hands down. But I will never abuse the opposition simply for being the opposition.

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 17, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #27

    MEHZEB,how can you defend and big a bloke up that ENDED some poor lads career (Haaland), STAMPED on another lad (Southgate), ELBOWED another lad (Macateer) and tried to PUNCH our GOD (THE GREAT ALAN SHEARER) and got sent off for it????????????????????????

    Keane lost my respect a LONG time ago

    So look at HIM before you judge others.

    p.s il tone my language down Ed 🙂

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 17, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #28

    MURVAR, just slag them off because its your DUTY as a NUFC fan mate!!


    I have a few Mackem friends and its all a bit of harmless banter with them all!

    Its derby day mate, have some FUN!! 🙂

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 17, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #29

    5-0 the toon!

    howay the lad’s!!!!


  • IrishMan

    Apr 17, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Roy Keane admires genuine passion for the game, and therefore has respect for KK. Give him a break.

  • ToonKing

    Apr 17, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #31

    i always liked Keano from his playing daysbut he blew it with me now that he manages the scum.

    that said he really is setting the scum up for a defeat. On skysports he said something along the lines of : ” good form, tough game, players like Nicky Butt , Michael Owen, if the likes of Duff and Smith can’t get into the team it means that they must have a decent team there ..” and so on.

    get used to it Roy, now that your possibly staying up there will be a lot of derby losses coming your way…..Keano…….


  • Ausgeordie

    Apr 18, 2008 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #32

    I think he has good motivational skills and would never take shite from players. He’d expect the best from every player and would not accept anything but 100% commitment – no matter how high profile the offender. For those reasons he is a good manager. I’d love to see what he could do with some money in his pocket and have no doubt that one day he will manage Man U if he continues to grow in his skills.

  • obafemimartins

    Apr 18, 2008 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #33

    he doeasnt take any s***e anyone who does anything wrong is transfer listed. i like roy keane and i haveto admit he is better in the transfer market than some of our managers

  • m.

    Apr 18, 2008 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #34

    dog w***er.

  • cloudstrife

    Apr 18, 2008 at 5:51 AM

    Comment #35

    at least we wont be signing Wes Brown as he signed a contract extension at United. Thank God!

  • Mr T

    Apr 18, 2008 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #36

    “Shit Scared of Shearer”

  • Guinea Mag

    Apr 18, 2008 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #37

    Newcastle to win this weekend; but will be a tight first half, until MO scores the 2nd and 3rd goals in second half. 3-1 to Newcastle!

    Hope Keane keeps Sunderland in PL as North East deserves three top sides; provided we’re cock-of-the-north of course,,,,,,,

  • shearer4pm

    Apr 18, 2008 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #38

    haha doesnt take any shite no matter how high profile the player hahhahahahahaah
    no offense but how many high profile players are there at sunderland

    mabye gordon and jones medium profile but not 1 high profile player, that would be a test of his skills , give him diouf that would be good, hate em both

  • Eric

    Apr 18, 2008 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #39

    Who are the 6 anal dwarfs who voted for Sunderland to win? Leprachauns?

  • domtoon

    Apr 18, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #40

    hahahahahahhahha dutty mackems dutty keano. u don’t need to take the p out of keano ever again – he has to live for the rest of his life with the fact he managed mackemville. what was he thinking???

    nice of him to be so complimentary of our keegan though. doesn’t change the fact he’s still a nasty piece of work who likes to ‘walk’ his dogs twice daily.

    and some of yous lighten up – derby day’s approaching! they will be saying the exact same stuff to you and it’s just banter (mostly…..)

    dutty mackem dutty dutty mackem duuutttyyy mackem you’re from sunderland!

    15-0 to the toon, owen to score 4 and oba to score 5! tayls at least 1 and a spate of own goals by keano’s dogs (according to my dream last night anyway :D)


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