Roy Keane
Footballer and manager
Roy Keane
Roy Maurice Keane is an Irish former footballer and manager. In his 18-year playing career, he played for Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest, and Manchester United, before ending his career at Celtic. Keane was a dominating central-midfielder, noted for his aggressive and highly competitive style of play, an attitude which helped him excel as captain of Manchester United from 1997 until his departure in 2005, having joined the club in 1993.
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Keane warns Celtic after 'unacceptable' Barca defeat
Yahoo News - 5 months
Former player Roy Keane has insisted Celtic need to do a "lot better" in Europe following their 7-0 loss away to Spanish giants Barcelona in the Champions League. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers tried to insist the defeat at the Camp Nou was not an embarrassment. Celtic were the first British team to win the then European Cup in 1967, but for all their domestic dominance in recent seasons they have failed to make much of an impact upon the Champions League.
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Keane slams players over Belarus performance
Yahoo News - 9 months
Roy Keane said on Wednesday he felt like killing some of the Republic of Ireland players who played in Tuesday's Euro 2016 warm-up defeat by Belarus. The former Manchester United great -- who adds bite to the more cerebral head coach Martin O'Neill -- said several of the players were fortunate to have made the 23-man squad after under-par performances. Keane, whose club managerial career thus far with Ipswich and Sunderland has failed to hit the heights his playing career did, was especially scathing about experienced winger Aiden McGeady.
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Soccer-Ireland's Keane keen on club management after Euro 2016
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Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has said he wants to return to club management after next year's European Championships in France and will sit down with his boss, Martin O'Neill, to discuss his future in the coming weeks. Ireland beat Bosnia on Monday to qualify for their second successive European finals, and O'Neill hailed Keane's importance to the team after the game, describing the former Manchester United midfielder as "an iconic figure that polarises opinion, but not in the dressing room". Keane's walkout on the eve of the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, where he famously compared the team's training-ground to a car park, has gone down in Irish folklore, and O'Neill has admitted that allowing him to return to the fold was one of his biggest decisions as boss.
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Soccer-As long as no 2002 repeat, Ireland will be fine - Keane
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Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane said that as long as their Euro 2016 preparations do not resemble the World Cup where he famously compared the team's training-ground to a car park, they will do just fine. Keane's walkout on the eve of the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea has gone down in Irish folklore and the seven-times Premier League winner could not resist recalling the episode after Ireland beat Bosnia on Monday to reach the finals in France. Brought back to the Ireland fold to be -- in the words of manager Martin O'Neill --h "bad, bad cop" to O'Neill's "bad cop", Keane's return was just as newsworthy as his exit and O'Neill on Monday described it as one of his biggest decisions as boss.
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Roy Keane on life at Villa: You'd be patting players on the back for putting their boots on
Herald - Ireland - almost 2 years
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane left Aston Villa after just five months because of the way his work with the Birmingham club was affecting his role with his country.
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Roy Keane: I'd be lost without my dogs – they are a massive part of our lives
Independent - almost 2 years
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane says his dogs knew the result of his football matches based on their owner's body language and behaviour.
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Jon Walters: I scrapped with Roy Keane now classical music keeps me calm, says Ireland and Stoke City forward
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Jon Walters is the kind of footballer who holds up an imaginary substitutes’ board when a referee goes down injured, who picks up a matchday programme hurled in his direction and has a flick through.
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Steven Gerrard, Roy Keane and Luis Suarez make Manchester United and Liverpool XI chosen by Jamie Carragher and Paul Ince
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Ahead of the mouth-watering clash at Anfield on Sunday, Jamie Carragher and Paul Ince have chosen their joint Manchester United and Liverpool dream XI from who they played with.
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Keane faces court date in 'road rage' case
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has been ordered to appear in court over an alleged 'road rage' row with a taxi driver, British police revealed on Thursday. Keane, 43, is alleged to have got into an argument with taxi driver Fateh Kerar, 44, near traffic lights in Altrincham, Greater Manchester in January this year. "A summons was posted for Roy Keane to his home address in Hale to appear before Trafford Magistrates court on 31 March for a Section 4A Public Order offence," said a statement from Greater Manchester Police.
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Roy Keane teams up with author Roddy Doyle for memoir
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle, creator of some of Ireland's most renowned characters, will tackle one the country's best known when he teams up with Roy Keane to write the former footballer's memoir. Former Manchester United captain Keane and Doyle, author of books such as 'The Commitments', will collaborate on 'The Second Half', the fiery midfielder's autobiography set to be published later this year, the Orion Publishing Group said on Friday.
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O'Neill and Keane restore the buzz as Ireland win
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By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane's task of bringing back the good times started encouragingly on Friday with a 3-0 friendly win for Ireland against Latvia that capped a whirlwind 10 days since the pair took charge. The arrival of new manager O'Neill and his assistant has dominated the front and back pages of the newspapers with former Ireland captain Keane's first news conference this week packed with foreign journalists and broadcast live on three TV channels. The home side triumphed with goals from Robbie Keane, Aiden McGeady and Shane Long but, almost as importantly, they played the kind of attacking football the Dublin fans have been begging for. His side made an encouraging start with James McCarthy and Wes Hoolihan producing some tidy passing in midfield.
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Betting Special: New managerial partnership can lead Ireland to Euro 2016
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Following last week's appointment of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane as Republic of Ireland's new managerial team, our tipster looks at a few special betting markets from Paddy Power
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roy Keane
  • 2014
    Age 42
    In October 2014, Keane released the second part of this autobiography The Second Half, which was ghost written by Roddy Doyle.
    More Details Hide Details It is the follow up to his first autobiography, released in 2002 which was ghost written by Eamon Dunphy.
    In October 2014, Keane caused controversy after his book was released before crucial Euro 2016 Qualifiers against Gibraltar and Germany.
    More Details Hide Details However Martin O'Neill rejected the claims that it was a distraction. A month later, before Ireland's crucial qualifier against Scotland, Keane was involved in an incident with a fan in the team hotel. An ambulance for the fan was called as well as the Gardaí but no arrests or complaints were made. The FAI and Martin O'Neill came out in support of Keane after the incident. It later emerged that CCTV footage exonerated Keane of any wrong doing. The man involved in the incident is Brendan Grace's son-in-law Frank Gillespie, who is believed to have asked Keane to sign a copy of Keane's autobiography The Second Half. Keane refused to do so, and Gillespie confronted Keane but then collapsed and an ambulance was called to the hotel. Grace stated that Gillespie and Keane were "old buddies". After the Scotland game, Keane claimed that Everton are putting pressure on the Irish players like Seamus Coleman, and James McCarthy (who missed the Scotland through injury) to pull out of international squads. Everton chairman Bill Kenwright refuted this claim saying Keane says "stupid things". Everton manager Roberto Martinez also dismissed Keane's comments. Again Keane was in the headlines after a heated press conference with journalists before the U.S.A game. Keane got in a row with a journalist after he was questioned if he was becoming a distraction from the Republic of Ireland cause. Eamon Dunphy has called on the FAI and Martin O'Neill to stop Keane from giving interviews to end the circus of media attention around him.
    On 28 November 2014, Keane quit his role as assistant manager at Aston Villa to concentrate on his assistant manager role with Ireland.
    More Details Hide Details Keane has done media work but expressed his lack of enthusiasm to do so again in future when he said, "I was asked last week by ITV to do the Celtic game," he said. "A couple of weeks before that I was asked to do the United game against Celtic at Old Trafford. I think I've done it once for Sky. Never again. I'd rather go to the dentist. You're sitting there with people like Richard Keys and they're trying to sell something that's not there." Keane added, "Any time I watch a game on television I have to turn the commentators off".
    On 1 July 2014, Keane was confirmed as Aston Villa’s new assistant manager working alongside Paul Lambert.
    More Details Hide Details He combined this role with his assistant manager's role with the Republic of Ireland.
    Keane also served as a studio analyst alongside Ian Wright, Lee Dixon and Gordon Strachan, fellow contemporary footballers of his time, for ITV's football coverage up until 2014, but has returned to ITV's coverage on occasion since.
    More Details Hide Details Keane was born into a working class family in Ballinderry park, Mayfield suburb of Cork.
  • 2013
    Age 41
    After Neil Lennon left Celtic at the end of the 2013-14 season, Keane looked set to become the new manager of the Hoops.
    More Details Hide Details Martin O'Neill admitted he won't stand in his way of taking over the reigns at Celtic Park. However Keane remained as assistant manager of Ireland and asked not to be considered for the job. Keane later stated that he was on the verge on taking the Celtic job and had met with Celtic owner Dermot Desmond but felt "they didn't make him feel wanted enough" and rejected the offer. Keane later became the new assistant manager of Aston Villa, combining his role with Villa and Ireland.
    On 5 November 2013, the FAI announced that Martin O'Neill had been made the Republic of Ireland manager and Roy Keane had been made the assistant manager.
    More Details Hide Details Their first match was against Latvia at the Aviva Stadium in a 3–0 victory on 15 November 2013.
  • 2012
    Age 40
    Keane had a Labrador Retriever named Triggs, who died in 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 39
    Keane was sacked as Ipswich manager on 7 January 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 38
    Keane was involved in further controversy in the wake of Ireland's defeat by France in the World Cup 2010 play-off.
    More Details Hide Details During an Ipswich Town press conference on 20 November 2009, Keane was critical of the Irish reaction to the Henry handball incident. His response included criticisms of the Irish team's defence and the FAI authorities. His former manager Sir Alex Ferguson had previously said that he wanted Keane to succeed him as Manchester United coach when he retired. However, in the wake of Keane's acrimonious departure from the club, Ferguson became evasive regarding Keane's prospects as a manager: "Young managers come along and people say this one will be England manager or boss of this club, but two years later they're not there. It's not an easy environment to come into, I wouldn't forecast anything." During his time at Celtic, Keane was suggested as a potential managerial successor to Gordon Strachan by former Celtic player Charlie Nicholas. However, it was Championship club Sunderland where Keane chose to launch his managerial career, re-uniting him with the club's chairman and outgoing manager, Niall Quinn. The two men, publicly at least, were on opposing sides during the fall-out from the Saipan incident, but they were on good terms at the time of the managerial appointment, with Quinn urging Sunderland fans to "support and enjoy one of football’s true greats".
  • 2009
    Age 37
    Many inconsistencies in the 2009–10 and the 2010–11 season meant that Keane's Ipswich side never really challenged for promotions and as a result of a poor run of form, ending up with his side dropping to as low as 21st in the Championship.
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    In the 2009–10 season Keane started to sign some players, some of them from his former club Sunderland.
    More Details Hide Details He signed goalkeeper Marton Fulop, midfielders Carlos Edwards and Grant Leadbitter and brought in Jack Colback, David Healy and Daryl Murphy on loan to the club. Ipswich started without a win in their first fourteen matches, making them the last team to record their first win in the whole league, finally winning on 31 October against Derby County and recording their first away win of the season on 29 November against Cardiff City. Their form gradually improved throughout the season, but Ipswich drew far too many games to come anywhere near the promotion race and they finished the season in 15th place.
    On 23 April 2009, Keane was appointed as the new manager of Ipswich Town on a two-year contract, the day after the club had sacked Jim Magilton.
    More Details Hide Details His first game in charge came the following Saturday with a 3–0 away win over Cardiff City – the final league match to be played at Ninian Park. The following week, Ipswich rounded off the season with a 2–1 win over Coventry City.
    In April 2009, he was appointed as manager of Ipswich Town but was sacked after 20 months in January 2011 due to the club's position of 19th in the Championship.
    More Details Hide Details In November 2013, he was appointed assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team by manager Martin O'Neill.
    In an interview with The Irish Times on 21 February 2009, Keane cited differences with Sunderland 30% shareholder Ellis Short and strains with club chairman Niall Quinn as the factors in his decision to resign as Sunderland manager.
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  • 2008
    Age 36
    In September 2008 Keane became embroiled in a row with FIFA Vice President Jack Warner over the withdrawal of Dwight Yorke from the Trinidad and Tobago national team.
    More Details Hide Details Warner accused Keane of being disrespectful towards small countries. Keane responded by calling Warner "a clown" and insisted that Yorke was retired from international football. That same month Keane experienced "one of the worst and longest nights" of his career when Sunderland had to come from 2–0 down at home in a League Cup tie against Northampton. The game ended 2–2, with Sunderland progressing narrowly on penalties. Despite some positive performances, including the historic 2–1 home victory against local rivals Newcastle United on 25 October (the first time the club had accomplished this in 28 years), as well as good showings by recent signings like Djibril Cissé and Anton Ferdinand, the team's general form remained inconsistent. By the end of November, Sunderland were 18th in the Premier League, having lost five of their six previous games. Keane stood down as manager on 4 December after bringing doubt on his own future with comments made in the wake of the 4–1 home defeat by Bolton the previous weekend. Keane’s harsh management style was not appreciated by the Sunderland players, who were reported to have celebrated when they heard he had resigned.
  • 2007
    Age 35
    When three players were late for the team coach to a trip to Barnsley, in March 2007, he simply left them behind.
    More Details Hide Details Sunderland secured promotion to the Premier League along with Birmingham City on 29 April when rivals Derby County were beaten by Crystal Palace. A week later, the Championship title was sealed, and Sunderland's revival under Keane was complete. His achievements also earned him the Championship "Manager of the Year" award. The lowest point of their next season came at Goodison Park, where they were beaten 7–1 by Everton, which Keane described as "one of the lowest points" of his career. However in the second half of the season the team's form was much improved (especially at home) and survival in the division was guaranteed with two games to go with a home win against Middlesbrough. Meanwhile, Keane carried on his trend of buying ex-Manchester United players with the addition of Kieran Richardson, Paul McShane, Danny Higginbotham, and Phil Bardsley. He has also continued his strict disciplinary policy by putting Liam Miller (one of Sunderland's apparently more consistent players) on the transfer list for being regularly late for training and other team meetings.
  • 2006
    Age 34
    Keane signed a three-year deal immediately after Sunderland's victory over West Bromwich Albion on 28 August, the Mackems' first win of the 2006–07 season after a dreadful run of four consecutive defeats under Quinn's temporary management.
    More Details Hide Details With his new club sitting in the relegation zone already, second bottom of the Championship table, Keane chose to enforce changes quickly. His first actions as manager were deciding to keep the existing assistant manager, Bobby Saxton, and to appoint his former Nottingham Forest colleague Tony Loughlan as head coach. He wasted no time in bringing in new additions to the squad, with a total of six players signing on the final day of the August transfer window. The most notable signings were Keane's former Manchester United team-mates Dwight Yorke and Liam Miller, supported by former Celtic colleagues Ross Wallace and Stanislav Varga, as well as Wigan Athletic pair Graham Kavanagh and David Connolly. Keane's first two games as manager could not have gone much better; first coming from behind to beat Derby County 2–1, followed by an easy 3–0 victory over Leeds United. Sunderland began to steadily creep up the league standings under Keane's management, and by the turn of the year they had escaped the bottom half of the league. Five further players were signed during the January 2007 transfer window, three (Anthony Stokes, Carlos Edwards and Stern John) on permanent contracts and two (Jonny Evans and Danny Simpson) on loan from Manchester United, Keane's old club. Results continued to improve, and Keane was rewarded with the February and March "Manager of the Month" awards, while his team began to challenge for the automatic promotion places.
    After the team's failure to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he announced his retirement from international football in order to help prolong his club career.
    More Details Hide Details Keane has reiterated his displeasure with the attitude and selection policy of the FAI. In March 2007 Keane claimed that several Republic of Ireland players get picked solely on the basis of their media exposure and that the organisation was biased towards players originating from Dublin or other regions of Leinster: "Once you keep playing them on the reputation they've built up through the media or because they do lots of interviews, then it's wrong. There's a fine line between loyalty and stupidity." Keane claimed that Sunderland player Liam Miller was not picked because he was from Cork and that players with significant potential were failing to get picked for the national team. He also alleged that the FAI were incompetent in the running of their affairs.
    It was later revealed by United that Keane's testimonial would take place at Old Trafford on 9 May 2006 between United and Celtic.
    More Details Hide Details The home side won the game 1–0, with Keane playing the first half for Celtic and the second half in his former role as Manchester United captain. The capacity crowd of 69,591 remains the largest crowd ever for a testimonial match in England. All of the revenue generated from the match was given to Keane's favourite charity, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
    On 12 June 2006, Keane announced his retirement from professional football on medical advice, only six months after joining Celtic.
    More Details Hide Details His announcement prompted glowing praise from many of his former colleagues and managers, not least from Sir Alex Ferguson, who opined: "Over the years when they start picking the best teams of all time, he will be in there."
    Keane's Celtic career began in ignominious fashion in January 2006, when the Glasgow giants crashed to a 2–1 defeat to Scottish First Division side Clyde in the third round of the Scottish Cup.
    More Details Hide Details His abrasive style had not dwindled, as he was seen criticising some of his new team-mates during the match. Keane scored what turned out to be his only Celtic goal a month later, a shot from 20 yards in a 2–1 Scottish Premier League victory over Falkirk. He retained his place the following Sunday in his first Old Firm derby, leading Celtic to victory. Celtic went on to complete a double of the Scottish Premier League title and Scottish League Cup, his last honour as a player.
  • 2005
    Age 33
    On 15 December 2005, Keane was announced as a Celtic player, the team he had supported as a child.
    More Details Hide Details Initial reports suggested Keane was offered a contract of around £40,000 per week, however this was rejected by the player himself in his second autobiography - where he claimed he was actually only paid £15,000 per week whilst a Celtic player.
    Keane unexpectedly left Manchester United by mutual consent on 18 November 2005, during a protracted absence from the team due to an injury sustained in his last competitive game for the club, due to a robust challenge from Luis García against Liverpool.
    More Details Hide Details His departure marked the climax of increasing tensions between Keane and the United management and players since the club's pre-season training camp in Portugal, when he argued with Ferguson over the quality of the set-up at the resort. Ferguson was angered further by Keane's admission during an MUTV phone-in that he would be "prepared to play elsewhere" after the expiration of his current contract with United at the end of the season. Another of Keane's appearances on MUTV provoked more controversy, when, after a humiliating 4–1 defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough in early November, he took the opportunity to criticise the performances of John O'Shea, Alan Smith, Kieran Richardson and Darren Fletcher. The harshest analysis, however, was reserved for the club's record signing Rio Ferdinand: "Just because you are paid £120,000-a-week and play well for 20 minutes against Tottenham, you think you are a superstar." The outburst was deemed too damning by the United management and was subsequently pulled from transmission by the club's TV station. Keane's opinions were described by those present at the interview as "explosive even by his standards".
    His appearance in the 2005 FA Cup final, which United lost to Arsenal in a penalty shoot-out, was his seventh such game, an all-time record in English football at the time.
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    Overall, Keane led United to nine major honours, making him the most successful captain in the club's history. Keane scored his 50th goal for Manchester United on 5 February 2005 in a league game against Birmingham City.
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  • 2004
    Age 32
    He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2004 in recognition of his impact on the English game, and became the only Irish player to be selected into the FIFA 100, a list of the greatest living footballers picked by Pelé.
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  • 2003
    Age 31
    However, after his return, Keane displayed the tenacity of old, leading the team to another league title in May 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the 2000s (decade), Keane maintained a fierce rivalry with Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira. The most notable incident between the two took place at Highbury in 2005 at the height of an extreme period of bad blood between United and Arsenal. Vieira was seen confronting United defender Gary Neville in the tunnel before the game over his fouling of José Antonio Reyes in the previous encounter between the two sides, prompting Keane to verbally confront the Arsenal captain. The incident was broadcast live on Sky Sports, with Keane clearly heard telling match referee Graham Poll to "Tell him Vieira to shut his fucking mouth!" After the game, which United won 4–2, Keane controversially criticised Vieira's decision to play internationally for France instead of his birthplace of Senegal. However, Vieira later suggested that, having walked out on his national team in the World Cup finals, Keane was not in a good position to comment on such matters. Referee Poll later revealed that he should have sent off both players before the match had begun, though was under pressure not to do so.
  • 2002
    Age 30
    Triggs came to international attention in 2002 during an incident ahead of that year's FIFA World Cup when Keane engaged in a public quarrel and left the squad.
    More Details Hide Details Triggs accompanied Keane on regular walks pursued by the press. The footballer said of Triggs, "Unlike humans, dogs don't talk shit". The Daily Telegraphs Steve Wilson once described Triggs as "the most famous dog in football since Pickles, a mongrel who dug up the stolen Jules Rimet Trophy in 1966, or that dog that relieved itself on Jimmy Greaves at the 1962 World Cup". Henry Winter, writing in the same paper, called Triggs "the fittest dog in Cheshire" and opined that "if Cruft's (sic) held an endurance event, Keane and Triggs would scoop gold". Following her rise to fame Triggs was mentioned by several sources on many occasions, with Keane "dogged" by numerous canine references for the remainder of his career. In 2006, when Keane moved house to Sunderland, his reunion with Triggs, who joined him later, came to the notice of the press. In 2007, Keane was reported to have heard of his team's promotion to the Premiership while walking Triggs. The following year, Keane was said to have acquired a German Shepherd Dog named Izac to accompany Triggs.
    Mick McCarthy resigned as Ireland manager in November 2002 after defeats to Russia and Switzerland in qualification for Euro 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The possibility of Keane returning to the squad for future qualifiers was raised, as Keane had not yet fully retired from international football, insisting that McCarthy's presence was the main incentive for staying away from the Irish squad. McCarthy's replacement, Brian Kerr, discussed with Keane the possibility of a recall, and in April 2004 he was brought back into the Irish team to face Romania on 27 May. Keane was not reinstated as captain, however, as Kerr decided to keep the armband with Kenny Cunningham.
    In August 2002 he was fined £150,000 by Ferguson and suspended for three matches for elbowing Sunderland's Jason McAteer, and this was compounded by an added five-match suspension for the controversial comments about Håland.
    More Details Hide Details Keane used the break to undergo an operation on his hip, which had caused him to take painkillers for a year beforehand. Despite early fears that the injury was career-threatening, and suggestions of a future hip-replacement from his surgeon, he was back in the United team by December. During his period of rest after the operation, Keane reflected on the cause of his frequent injuries and suspensions. He decided that the cause of these problems was his reckless challenges and angry outbursts which had increasingly blighted his career. As a result, he became more restrained on the field, and tended to avoid the disputes and confrontations with other players. Some observers felt that the "new" Roy Keane had become less influential in midfield as a consequence of the change in his style of play, possibly brought about by decreased mobility after his hip operation.
    He initially received a three-match suspension and a £5,000 fine from The Football Association, but further punishment was to follow after the release of Keane's autobiography in August 2002, in which he stated that he intended "to hurt" Håland.
    More Details Hide Details Keane's account of the incident was as follows: I'd waited long enough. I fucking hit him hard. The ball was there (I think). Take that you cunt. And don't ever stand over me sneering about fake injuries. An admission that the tackle was in fact a premeditated assault, it left the FA with no choice but to charge Keane with bringing the game into disrepute. He was banned for a further five matches and fined £150,000 in the ensuing investigation. Despite widespread condemnation, he later maintained in an interview that he had no regrets about the incident: "My attitude was, fuck him. What goes around comes around. He got his just rewards. He fucked me over and my attitude is an eye for an eye", and said he would probably do the same thing again.
  • 2001
    Age 29
    Keane made headlines again in the 2001 Manchester derby, when five minutes from the final whistle, he was sent off for a blatant knee-high foul on Alf-Inge Håland in what was seen by many as an act of revenge.
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  • 2000
    Age 28
    Keane caused controversy in November 2000, when he criticised sections of United supporters after the Champions League victory over Dynamo Kyiv at Old Trafford.
    More Details Hide Details He complained about the lack of vocal support given by some fans when Dynamo were dominating the game, stating: "Away from home our fans are fantastic, I'd call them the hardcore fans. But at home they have a few drinks and probably the prawn sandwiches, and they don't realise what's going on out on the pitch. I don't think some of the people who come to Old Trafford can spell 'football', never mind understand it." Keane's comments started a debate in England about the changing atmosphere in football grounds, and the term 'prawn sandwich brigade' is now part of the English football vocabulary, referring to people who attend football games or claim to be fans of football because it is fashionable rather than due to any genuine interest in the game.
  • 1999
    Age 27
    Earlier in the season, Keane had publicly advocated the breakup of the Treble-winning team as he believed the team-mates who had played in United's victorious 1999 Champions League final no longer had the motivation to work as hard.
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    His higher demands were eventually met midway through the 1999–2000 season, committing him to United until 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Keane was angered when club officials explained an increase in season ticket prices was a result of his improved contract and asked for an apology from the club. Days after the contract was signed, Keane celebrated by scoring the winning goal against Valencia in the Champions League, although United's defence of the European Cup was ended by Real Madrid in the quarter-finals, partly due to an unfortunate Keane own-goal in the second leg. He was voted PFA Players' Player of the Year and Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year at the end of the season after leading United to their sixth Premier League title in eight years.
  • 1997
    Age 25
    They married in Mayfield, Cork in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details When Keane moved to Manchester United, the family lived in a modern four-bedroom house in Bowdon, then moved to a mock Tudor mansion in Hale. It was not as private as he had hoped, a point proven during his exclusion from the 2002 World Cup. Often seen walking Triggs, his Labrador dog, Keane was then a regular at the Bleeding Wolf pub, and was found there by reporters on the night of David Beckham's wedding. When asked why he hadn't gone, Keane joked: "It was a choice between the wedding and the Wolf – and the Wolf won." Wanting more privacy, his family had a 1930s home bulldozed so they could build a new £2.5 million house near Hale. On 6 June 2009, it was announced that Keane and his family had purchased a new house in the Ipswich area, near to the training ground of Keane's new club, Ipswich. He eventually settled in the nearby market town of Woodbridge, where he now lives with his family.
    After Eric Cantona's unexpected retirement, Keane took over as club captain, although he missed most of the 1997–98 season because of a cruciate ligament injury caused by an attempt to tackle Leeds United player Alf-Inge Håland in the ninth Premier League game of the season.
    More Details Hide Details As Keane lay prone on the ground, Håland stood over Keane, accusing the injured United captain of having tried to hurt him and of feigning injury to escape punishment; an allegation which would lead to an infamous incident between the two players four years later. Keane did not return to competitive football that campaign, and could only watch from the sidelines as United squandered an eleven-point lead over Arsenal to miss out on the Premier League title. Many pundits cited Keane's absence as a crucial factor in the team's surrender of the league trophy. Pounding over every blade of grass, competing as if he would rather die of exhaustion than lose, he inspired all around him. Keane returned as captain the side the following season, and guided them to a treble of the FA Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League. In an inspirational display against Juventus in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final, he helped haul his team back from two goals down to win 3–2, scoring the first United goal. His performance in this game has been described as his finest hour as a footballer. However, Keane received a yellow card after a trip on Zinedine Zidane that ruled him out of the final. United defeated Bayern Munich 2–1 in the final, but Keane had mixed emotions about the victory due to his suspension. Recalling his thoughts before the game, Keane said: "Although I was putting a brave face on it, this was just about the worst experience I'd had in football."
  • 1995
    Age 23
    Despite a slow start to the 1995–96 campaign, United pegged back title challengers Newcastle United, who had built a commanding twelve-point championship lead by Christmas, to secure another Premier League title.
    More Details Hide Details Keane's second Double in three years was confirmed with a 1–0 win over Liverpool to win the FA Cup for a record ninth time. The next season saw Keane in and out of the side due to a series of knee injuries and frequent suspensions. He picked up a costly yellow card in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Borussia Dortmund, which ruled him out of the return leg at Old Trafford. United lost both legs 1–0, but this was compensated for by winning another league title a few days later.
  • 1992
    Age 20
    However, Robson was 36 years old and in the final stages of his playing career, and a series of injuries kept him out of action for most of the 1992–93 season and into the 1993–94 season.
    More Details Hide Details As a result Keane had an extended run in the team, scoring twice on his home debut in a 3–0 win against Sheffield United, and grabbing the winner in the Manchester derby three months later when United overturned a 2–0 deficit at Maine Road to beat Manchester City 3–2. He had soon established himself as a first choice selection, and by the end of the season he had won his first trophy as a professional as United retained their Premier League title. Two weeks later, Keane broke his Wembley losing streak by helping United to a 4–0 victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup Final, sealing the club's first ever "double". The following season was less successful, as United were beaten to the league title by Blackburn Rovers and beaten 1–0 in the FA Cup final by Everton. He received his first red card as a Manchester United player in a 2–0 FA Cup semi-final replay win against Crystal Palace, after stamping on Gareth Southgate, and was suspended for three matches and fined £5,000. This incident was the first of eleven red cards Keane would accumulate in his United career, and one of the first signs of his indiscipline on the field.
    Keane was beginning to attract attention from the top clubs in the Premier League, and in 1992, Blackburn Rovers manager Kenny Dalglish spoke to Keane about the possibility of a move to the Lancashire club at the end of the season.
    More Details Hide Details With Forest struggling in the league and looking increasingly more likely to be relegated, Keane negotiated a new contract with a relegation escape clause. The lengthy negotiations had been much talked about in public, not least by Brian Clough, who described Keane as a "greedy child" due to the high wages demanded by the Irishman. "Keane is the hottest prospect in football right now, but he is not going to bankrupt this club," Clough stated. Despite the extended contract negotiations, Forest fans voted him the club's Player of the Season. Despite his best efforts, Keane could not save Forest from relegation, and the clause in his contract became activated. Blackburn agreed a £4 million fee for Keane, who soon after agreed a contract with the club. However, a mistake prevented the move to the club. When the contract had been agreed, Dalglish realised they did not have the correct paperwork needed to complete the transfer. This was on a Friday afternoon, and the office had been locked up for the weekend. With a verbal agreement in place, they agreed to meet on Monday morning to complete the transfer officially. Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, hearing about the move, phoned Keane and asked whether he would like to join them instead of Blackburn. Ferguson ensured they had the paperwork ready and met up with Keane on the Saturday and signed for Manchester United for £3.75 million, a British transfer record at the time.
  • 1991
    Age 19
    Keane scored three goals during a run to the 1991 FA Cup final, which Forest ultimately lost to Tottenham Hotspur.
    More Details Hide Details In the third round, however, he made a costly error against Crystal Palace, gifting a goal to the opposition and allowing them to draw the game. On returning to the dressing room after the game, Clough punched Keane in the face in anger, knocking him to the floor. Despite this incident, Keane bore no hard feelings against his manager, later claiming that he sympathised with Clough due to the pressures of management and that he was too grateful to him for giving him his chance in English football. A year later, Keane returned to Wembley with Forest for the Football League Cup final, but again finished on the losing side as Manchester United secured a 1–0 win.
  • 1990
    Age 18
    He was man of the match for the Republic of Ireland national under-19 football team when they beat hosts Hungary in the 1990 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship to qualify for the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship.
    More Details Hide Details When called up for his first game at international level, an Under-21s match against Turkey in 1991, Keane took an immediate dislike to the organisation and preparation surrounding the Irish team, later describing the set-up as "a bit of a joke." He would continue to hold this view throughout the remainder of his time spent with the national team, which led to numerous confrontations with the Irish management. Keane declared his unavailability to travel with the Irish squad to Algeria, but was surprised when manager Jack Charlton told him that he would never play for Ireland again if he refused to join up with his compatriots. Despite this threat, Keane chose to stay at home on the insistence of Forest manager Brian Clough, and was pleased when a year later he was called up to the Irish squad for a friendly at Lansdowne Road. After more appearances, he grew to disapprove of Charlton's style of football, which relied less on the players' skill and more on continuous pressing and direct play. Tensions between the two men peaked during a pre-season tournament in the United States, when Charlton berated Keane for returning home late after a drinking session with Steve Staunton.
    His professional league debut came against Liverpool at the start of the 1990–91 season, and the resulting performance encouraged Clough to use him more and more as the season progressed.
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    In an FAI Youth Cup match against Belvedere, Keane's performance attracted the attention of watching Nottingham Forest scout Noel McCabe, who asked him to travel over to England for a trial. Keane impressed Forest manager Brian Clough, and eventually a deal for Keane worth £47,000 was struck with Cobh Ramblers in the summer of 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Keane initially found life in Nottingham difficult due to the long periods away from his family, and he would often ask the club for a few days' home leave in order to return to Cork. Keane expressed his gratitude at Clough's generosity when considering his requests, as it helped him get through his early days at the club. Keane's first games at Forest came in the Under-21s team during a pre-season tournament in the Netherlands. In the final against Haarlem, he scored the winning penalty in a shootout to decide the competition, and he was soon playing regularly for the reserve team.
  • 1989
    Age 17
    In 1989, he eventually signed for the semi-professional Irish club Cobh Ramblers after persuasion from Ramblers' youth team manager Eddie O'Rourke.
    More Details Hide Details Keane was one of two Ramblers representatives in the inaugural FAI/FAS scheme in Dublin, and it was through this initiative that he got his first taste of full-time training. His rapid progression into a promising footballer was reflected by the fact that he would regularly turn out for Ramblers' youth side as well as the actual first team, often playing twice in the same weekend as a result.
  • 1988
    Age 16
    Keane was part of the squad that participated in the 1988 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship although he didn't play.
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  • 1971
    Born on August 10, 1971.
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