Roy Keane’s wildest quotes as Hibs’ next favorite manager against Celtic, Rangers and Strachan
One thing is for sure, if Roy Keane lands the job at Hibs, it won’t be boring.
There is never a lack of drama when it comes to Scottish football.
But that could be taken up a notch if the Irish legend – backed by bookies favorites – sweeps Easter Road.
Whether as a player, manager or now as an outspoken pundit, Keane has always been at the box office.
From his infamous split with Mick McCarthy in Saipan that ended his international career to a falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson that ruined the end of his time at Manchester United, he’s never been one to hold back.
Hibs players would be advised not to step off the line if the 50-year-old succeeds former Celtic team-mate Shaun Maloney.
Keane and Maloney might have shared a Parkhead dressing room for a brief time, as the characters couldn’t be more contrasting.
It’s fair to say it would be a different style of management if Ron Gordon went for Keane, although he might have softened slightly.
Right here, Save sport takes a look at some of Keane’s best quotes over the years of his colorful football career.
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On the preparations for a World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands
“When we got to the stadium (Mick) McCarthy gave me a thumbs up. ‘What’s up?’ He asked. ‘What’s going on with me?’ I replied, ‘What’s up with me? We’re going to face Holland tomorrow in a World Cup qualifier. Do you think Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is eating fucking cheese sandwiches or a fucking pizza to go tonight?
On Celtic’s celebrations after qualifying for the Champions League against Hapoel Beersheba
“They pulled it off and I thought they actually won the thing. They need to change their mentality. I’m talking about the qualifying games when they fought their way through and then celebrated like they won this fucking thing.
His take on the late Jack Charlton’s decision to take the Irish players out for fish and chips ahead of a Euro 96 qualifier
“Eat, guys,” urged Jack. Some of the guys participated in Harry’s Challenge. Then off to Lansdowne Road for the final training session. Yes, Austria won 3-1. Some of the guys reported that their legs were “gone” 20 minutes from the end. Fucked up. But they had passed Harry’s Challenge.
On Jesse Lingard launching his clothing range ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Anfield
“That wouldn’t be tolerated in a good dressing room for a young player, still learning his trade – he might be the nicest boy in the world, I don’t know the boy – but if you come with all this nonsense and when people say, ‘you should have other things besides football’… I don’t think you should.
“Football should be your No.1 priority. It should be, focus on the game, don’t hide behind your cars or your tattoos or your girlfriends or your agents. Play the game and you can do all of this when you retire.
On his reputation
“People say I’m tough, I’m Mr Angry. I’m this, I’m that. I just want to win games. There’s no point being Mr Nice Guy. We get 55,000 at Old Trafford and I don’t think they want guys to come out and think, Ah, if we lose, so what?
On growing corporate support for Old Trafford
“Outside our fans are fantastic. But at home they have a few drinks and probably shrimp sandwiches, and they don’t realize what’s going on on the pitch.”
By rejecting the chance to sign Robbie Savage for Sunderland
“I got Robbie’s cell number and called him. He went to his voicemail: “Hi, it’s Robbie – whazzup!” Like the Budweiser ad. I never called him back. I thought, ‘I can’t be f****** signing this’.”
On the mentality of today’s players
“People say I’m a bit old school; I call that a good school. No matter what happens at your club, you go out and give your all. The idea that these players might be a little upset… and not just at United. The modern player is not only weak players, they are very weak human beings.
On United players who feel in contact with Liverpool rivals
“You are going to war. Hugs and kisses, don’t even look at them. You will fight against them. The game hasn’t changed much, the players have changed. Maybe chat with them after the game. In fact, don’t even chat with them after the game.
Going with the flow
“People say ‘go with the flow’, but do you know what goes with the flow? dead fish.”
On Alf-Inge Haaland and THIS tackle
“I’ve waited long enough. I f*****g hit him hard. The ball was there (I think). Take that you ****. And never look at me sneering about fake injuries again. And tell your buddy (David) Wetherall there’s some for him too. I didn’t wait for Mr. Elleray to show the red card. I turned around and headed for the locker room. My attitude is eye for an eye.
Joining Celtic at SPITE Gordon Strachan
“I met Gordon Strachan in London at Dermot Desmond. Gordon said to me ‘I’m not really worried if you sign for us or not. We are fine without you. So I said to myself ‘F*** him, I sign’.
It’s one of the reasons I signed for Celtic – to prove Gordon wrong. He let me know that he was not desperate for me; he was a bit shy. But there was a bit of a challenge on my part.
Losing to Clyde in his Horror Hoops debut
“My first game was Clyde away in the third round of the Scottish Cup. We were beaten 2-1. It was a nightmare. I wasn’t happy with my own game. I did OK, but OK wasn’t good enough. After the game – the disappointment. As I took off my jersey, I noticed that the Nike tag was still on it. When I got on the bus, John Hartson, a really nice guy, was already sitting there and he was eating a packet of crisps – with a pop. I thought, ‘Welcome to hell’.”
When asked if he had any kind words for Rangers after their title success
“For the Rangers?” No. Look, it’s been a tough year for Celtic, but they’ll bounce back next year like all the big clubs do.