Manchester United

Roy Keane Rants Remembered (part 2)

The One With Big Jack Charlton

The Republic of Ireland were allowed a night on the tiles after a friendly with the United States team in Boston in 1991. With the team set for departure at 7.30am the next morning a teenage Keane kept the team waiting on the bus until 8.00am. A furious Jack Charlton says: “Nineteen years old, your first trip, do you have any idea how long we have been waiting?” Keane replies, without a hint of fear: “I didn’t ask you to wait, did I?”

I bet big Jack didn’t know what had hit him.

The One Where Players Are ‘Pieces Of Meat’

Jaap Stam was sold by Manchester United to Lazio in 2002 and Roy was, once again, not happy. Hence another Keano philosophy: “His transfer to Lazio illustrates how little power footballers have in the game. Contracts mean nothing,” he fumes. “He has discovered that, to football clubs, players are just expensive pieces of meat. The harsh realities remain and when a club decide they want to sell there is little you can do once the wheels are in motion.”

Keane found that out himself a few years later when Fergie had had enough of his little Irish Rottweiler.

The One With The Economy Seats

In 2001 the Irish thrashed Cyprus 4-0 in an impressive performance. Keane found something to complain about though don’t worry. This time he was unhappy with….the seating arrangements on the plane. He said: “Where we trained last Monday, in Clonshaugh, was abysmal and it has been for as long as I’ve known it.” He carried on (obviously): “I was fairly critical about our seating arrangements on the flight out here, when the officials were sitting in the first-class seats and the players were sitting behind. For me that’s simply not right and it’s not just because I’m playing for Manchester United. The priority has to be the team – and I don’t think that has always been the case here.”

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