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Roy Keane joins Sky Sports as a pundit

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Grab your popcorn. Roy Keane is back as a regular Premier League pundit.

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The legendary Manchester United midfielder, who won seven PL titles with the Red Devils, has been announced as Sky Sports’ latest new pundit, joining Jose Mourinho, Gary Neville, Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher among others.

In a statement released on Saturday, our partners as Sky say Keane will be with them ‘throughout the season’ and his first game in the studio will be at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea v. Liverpool this Sunday (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

“I’ve worked with Sky Sports quite a few times over the years and it’s always been an experience I’ve enjoyed, so this makes absolute sense,” Keane said. “While I’m not coaching I still want to be involved in the game and in some ways, this is the next best thing.

“It’s a game of opinions, I’ve never shied away from giving mine and that’s only going to continue this season. Sky Sports has always been famous for the heated debates – I look forward to starting a few more.”

Keane will be appointment viewing, and just like in his playing days, he is never scared to tell it how it is. And then some. He has been working as a pundit for ITV covering England games and international tournaments, while he has also been the assistant coach for the Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest in recent seasons.

After being a head coach at Sunderland and Ipswich Town in the past, he now appears to be focusing more on punditry.

Expect plenty of heated debates between Mourinho and Keane in the Sky Sports studio this season.

Roy Keane departs Nottingham Forest to seek out managerial job

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Former Manchester United captain and current Nottingham Forest assistant manager Roy Keane has departed the club with immediate effect, Forest announced on Sunday.

While the official team release did not give a reason for his departure, The Telegraph reports that Keane is on the hunt for his own managerial position and has decided to activate an opt-out clause in his contract that allows him to leave this summer.

The 47-year-old apparently “spent weeks mulling over the decision” according to the report, and has decided that the time is right for him to seek out his first managerial spot since departing Ipswich Town in 2011. Keane has been Martin O’Neill’s right-hand man since joining his Republic of Ireland staff in 2013 where the two came within a playoff loss to Denmark of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. He followed O’Neill to Nottingham Forest in March where the two helped lead the club to a ninth-placed finish.

The Telegraph report states the departure from the club was “amicable” and that O’Neill had even apparently hoped Keane would make this decision as he believes the formeer Manchester United midfielder deserves his own job.

“Working with Martin over the last few years has been a magnificent experience, one of my greatest in football both as a player and a coach and one I want to personally thank him for,” Keane said as part of the club release.

Keane has Premier League managerial experience, having led Sunderland to promotion in 2008, but was forced to step down the following campaign with the club sitting 18th in the Premier League table in November and strains with both the players and club ownership putting pressure on his position.

Roy Keane launches scathing attack on Everton, Koeman

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Roy Keane could start an argument in an empty room.

This time, he started one in a room full of journalists and cameras.

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On Tuesday the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland responded to claims from Everton manager Ronald Koeman that Ireland had misused his midfielder James McCarthy who played against Georgia and Moldova last month.

McCarthy, 25, has hardly featured for Everton this season and has suffered a hamstring injury after Koeman’s complaints, as the Dutch manager said Ireland were “killing the player” after he played following a return from a groin injury.

Keane’s response to McCarthy withdrawing from the squad to face Austria (he stated he had a hamstring injury) for their crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier in Group D, and Koeman’s comments, was typically combative.

“Clubs are always going to be selfish and want to look after their own players. We are lucky with the Everton lads. We had a problem previously with Martinez. We felt he was over the top when the Everton players were turning up. It’s not a criticism of their players but more for Everton and their staff. They’re always carrying knocks. I always thought the Everton players were going to turn up on crutches or crawling in the hotel door. Now it looks like we are going to have that issue with Koeman.

“Everton, as a football club, I’m not sure when the last time they won a trophy. I think it was a good number of years ago. Maybe overloading players is a good thing. That means your club is being successful,” Keane said. “That’s a player playing week in, week out, playing midweek games. But Everton don’t play European football and they are out of the League Cup. I think Norwich beat them at Goodison so maybe Everton as a club, and it’s a brilliant football club, maybe their players need to toughen up a bit.”

He was then pushed on the matter, asked if Ireland should try their best to keep a good relationship with Everton moving forward?

The former Manchester United and Ireland captain isn’t around to make friends…

“Not really, no. Why do we need a good relationship with Everton? Listen, they are lucky to have the Irish lads they’ve got there. Everton have traditionally have had brilliant Irish players doing well for the football club. So they shouldn’t be so quick to stop Irish players coming to play for Ireland,” Keane said. “I’ve experienced that myself [trepidation as manager over international players being injured] and I can understand it a little bit. But if a player is fit to travel and feels he can play a game, especially in a qualifying game – there’s always more understanding with friendly games — then they should get their heads round that.”

“For example Seamus and James, particularly for Seamus Coleman, what a player he’s been for Everton. Why would they try and begrudge Ireland having these players available to us. Darren Gibson is Irish. Gibbo misses lots of games for Everton. A hell of a lot of games, and he seems to get injured at Everton. So maybe they need to look at their own training schedule. Koeman’s opinions, no issues with me. I couldn’t care less to be honest with you.”

Never change Roy, never change.

It will be intriguing to hear what Koeman says in response to Keane as the outspoken individual once again exhibited his undying passion to say what he thinks no matter the consequence. Part of him seems to do it to create headlines but by now it all seems very genuine.

There’s a message hidden in all of this for managers of Premier League teams: Ireland will call up whoever they want whenever they want as they aim to qualify for their first World Cup since 2002.

“It’s not chess” — Ireland assistant Roy Keane blasts softness after loss

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If we’re talking about a friendly between Ireland and Belarus, well, something truly remarkable must have occurred in Cork.

That Belarus upset hosts Ireland 2-1 is notable, but we speak more of the words uttered by a certain assistant manager.

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And that manager’s name is Roy Keane, the irrepressible personality and longtime Ireland and Manchester United midfielder. From the BBC:

“I wanted to kill some of them last night,” he said.

“They should count their blessings they’ve managed to get on the flight – a reality check for one or two players who thought they were good players.”

Those comments alone breach the normal coach speak and make us raise an eyebrow, but Keane is looking toward a brutal Euro group that includes Italy, Belgium and Sweden.

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Here’s another beauty from Keane, a frank, brutal and probably fair assessment of winger Aiden McGeady:

“He can do a lot better but maybe that’s the story of Aiden’s career,” added Keane.

The hits kept coming when it came to the “modern player” and concern with health. Here’s where Keane was really feeling it, from Sky Sports:

“People have talked about not playing much football or players carrying knocks; I’m worried if players aren’t carrying knocks.

“You’re supposed to get knocks because you’re supposed to be tackling people, you’re supposed to be hitting people at pace.

“That’s part of the game. It’s not chess we’re playing.”

Bring on the Euro, and let’s have Keane take all the press conferences in place of manager Martin O’Neill.

Roy Keane thinks Arsenal players too focused on “selfies and six-packs”

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Roy Keane has a long history with Arsenal. He also has a long history of speaking his mind.

The former Manchester United captain nearly brawled with Arsenal’s Patrick Vieira in the tunnel before a match in 2005, which has now become one of the most famous incidents in a long line of “Roy Keane going nuts” moments.

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It seems like Keane still has a bit of a problem with the Gunners ten years later, this time with the players’ affinity for taking shirtless selfies.

There’s too many Arsenal players interested in selfies, I think, whatever they are.

Instead of focusing on winning Premier League titles, it’s all about how their bodies look, how their hair is, more so than winning football matches, which is the way things are going.”

They’ve got good players, really good players, it’s just one or two of their players are more interested in selfies and six-packs.”

There’s a good chance Roy Keane still uses an old school a flip-phone and has legitimately never taken a picture with it, and that’s the way I would want it to be.

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Some coaches have expressed their dislike for all the selfies and social media going on in the locker room, and players have been punished for using their cell phones on the bench. However, that’s just the way things are now, in all of sports, and Roy Keane can’t change that.

Whatever Keane may think, Arsenal is the top contender to take the Premier League trophy away from Chelsea. The Gunners have scored 14 goals in four preseason matches, and if they beat Chelsea in the Community Shield, Wenger’s men will head into the Premier League season with an added boost of confidence.