Feel the fury of Roy Keane’s 15 angriest quotes

Keane kicks arse ahead of the Euros

Roy Keane
1000 Yard Stare Republic of Ireland legend Roy Keane. Image Picture Patrick Bolger/Getty

Ireland’s fiery talisman Roy Keane is gearing up for the battle ahead of this summer’s Euro 2016 Championship – and this time, the assistant manager means business. After the shocking 2-1 defeat to Belarus, Keane fired a rocket firmly up the arses of his team saying he “wanted to kill Ireland players after defeat”.

This may just be the type of motivation Ireland’s players need to fix their minds ahead of the tournament. However, we could pick any number of his infamous quotes to get the squad ready for action.


On Cristiano Ronaldo joining United

“We were playing Sporting Lisbon to celebrate the opening of their stadium. I saw how good Ronaldo was that day. He was up against John O’Shea. Sheasy ended up seeing the doctor at half time because he was actually having dizzy spells.

“The club concluded negotiations after the game and we always joked with Sheasy he had actually sealed the deal by playing like a f—— clown.”


On Sir Alex Ferguson

“If he was being nice I would think: ‘This is business, this.’ He was driven and ruthless. That lack of warmth was his strength. United was a much bigger club than Forest, but his coldness made him successful. As a manager I would take Clough’s warmth and Ferguson’s ruthlessness and put them in the mix – but also add my own traits.”


On apologising to Fergie after leaving United

“Now I kind of wish I hadn’t. Afterwards, I was thinking, ‘I’m not sure why I f**king apologised.’ I just wanted to do the right thing.”


On Paul Scholes

“Scholesy was a top, top player. But I still don’t fall for that boy-next-door image, or that he’s dead humble. He has more of an edge to him. Everyone thinks he lives in a council flat.”


On United’s fans

“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 think some of the people who come to old Trafford can’t spell ‘Football’, never mind understand it. ”


On pundits

“Will those on telly yesterday be remembered for what they’ve achieved? None whatsoever. I wouldn’t trust them to walk my dog.”


On Saipan

“I said to me that I didn’t respect him as a player, as a manager or as a person. To be fair, I used the expletive against him as well, I’m no angel.”


On playing for Ireland

“I love playing for my country, but my sanity is more important.”


On Liam Miller’s continually showing up late for training

“If you are driving to work, don’t get into a car with Liam Miller. Because he get involved in more car crashes than anybody I know. “


On 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.”


To Jack Charlton, after Keane arrived late for the Ireland team bus

“I didn’t ask you to wait, did I?”


On diving

“Before the game there was all this stuff about anti-racism and anti-bullying. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to start wearing wristbands for anti-diving.”


On Gary Neville after that tunnel spat with Patrick Vieira

“Maybe Gary deserves to be chased up a tunnel every now and then.”


On his return to the Ireland set-up

“The hotel is lovely, food has been excellent. Training ground… no potholes.”


On the movie Gone Girl

“Gone Girl. Rubbish. Absolute rubbish. I went with a couple of lads from the Irish team, but if I was on my own, honestly, I would’ve walked out.”

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