November 18, 2005

Keane leaves Man U: "Roy Keane has dramatically and unexpectedly left Manchester United by 'mutual consent' after more than 12 years at the club." While this move comes on the heels of controversial statements made by Keane about the club and teammates to MUTV (the club's TV channel), it nevertheless is massive shock to football fans pretty much everywhere. And it brings up lots of questions, the most interesting of which probably where he'll end up. Celtic, maybe?

posted by sakana to soccer at 07:51 AM - 14 comments

Who cares, he was never a good player...just has a bad temperament which was somehow mistaken for passion of the game... He's a joke.

posted by StarFucker at 08:25 AM on November 18

Top ten rants.

posted by Fat Buddha at 08:54 AM on November 18

"Mick, you're a liar... you're a fucking wanker. I didn't rate you as a player, I don't rate you as a manager, and I don't rate you as a person. You're a fucking wanker and you can stick your World Cup up your arse. The only reason I have any dealings with you is that somehow you are the manager of my country! You can stick it up your bollocks."
How exactly do you stick something up your bollocks?

posted by afx237vi at 09:20 AM on November 18

Ask this guy. StarFucker - I think he's an odious wee prick, but it's fatuous even by your standards to accuse someone with more than 450 appearances (and more than 50 goals) for one of the best clubs in the history of the game (during their most prolific winning period), not to mention 66 appearances for his country (9 goals), of never having been a good player. He might have been over-rated, but that's the fault of the people rating him, not the player. Simon Barnes had this to say about him a couple of weeks ago. I agree with most of it. His passion wasn't fro the game, his passion was for winning - sometimes at any cost.

posted by JJ at 10:54 AM on November 18

This is somewhat shocking. Not that I mind, mind you. It's kind of fitting that he leaves the same year as Viera after all their epic midfield battles.

posted by trox at 11:08 AM on November 18

So, does he get a testimonial match? Anyone?

posted by gspm at 03:00 PM on November 18

He isn't a footballer JJ...just a thug in a uniform.

posted by StarFucker at 03:53 PM on November 18

The report of Gill's or Ferguson's press conference said they offered a testimonial, gspm. Whether he takes it, who knows. So Mandarich has already said Keane would be a welcome addition to Pompey. No doubt, anything to put fannies in seats and possibly get them out of the relegation zone. And, of course, there's the open Republic of Ireland manager's job too, though I doubt Roy's ready to hang up the boots.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:28 PM on November 18

Great player, horrible man. Celtic for sure.

posted by squealy at 05:49 PM on November 18

You know the kind of guy - school yard bully, short temper, wants to win everything including marbles and Monopoly. parents and teachers too afraid to deal with him. Keane's just never grown up. But you'd want him in your team wouldn't you?

posted by owlhouse at 07:57 PM on November 18

Astounding. Did he jump or was he pushed?

posted by Steve-o at 04:22 AM on November 19

You may hate him, but anyone who says Keane is a crap footballer doesn't know what the fuck they're watching. Last I checked his passing efficiency was over 80%, well above the norm of "great" midfielders. Of course he was over the top on occassion...there was a time not so long ago that the game was played by players with bite in their boots. He may be the last of a dying breed: it's now a lot of hair gel, lollipops, PR scum and diving. Call me old fashion. I don't think there is a single player since the beginning of the Premiership who has been more influential to his team on the pitch. A man's man can make others wither, especially the pansies.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 09:38 AM on November 19

I despise Keane - particularly in his violent, dirty moments - but I respect the hell out of him as a footballer. He's about a far from "crap" as a man can get. And Here's a brief roundup of some of the "how it happened" rumors - nothing conclusive, of course.

posted by sakana at 09:43 AM on November 19

As "hard men" go, he sure was a whinger. But a fine midfielder, all through hard work not talent. So he's not the best at either. But he earned plenty of championships as the linchpin of a very talented team. Summat to be said for that. Me? I think he's a douchebag, and the sooner he shuts his gob the better. But he's a pretty damn good pro footballer, maybe one of the best ever out of Ireland. I really loathe Roy Keane.

posted by Hugh Janus at 04:02 PM on November 21

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