Is Roy still too Keane on living in the past?

By Thomas Crean

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Last week was not the first time Roy Keane made the headlines, and it certainly won’t be the last.

When publicly voicing his opinion over Wayne Bridge’s decision to hang up his England boots, he appeared to be unable to resist sending a dig in the direction of his former team-mates.

“Do you want to go away for six weeks with other players who you are not comfortable with and who are maybe showing you a lack of respect?” the Irishman asked.

“In my case it was the principle of working with people who questioned me and I said ‘I’m not putting up with it’,” he added.

Keane was a fantastic performer in his time. He earned himself legendary status both during his illustrious career at Manchester United, and when representing his country. But his latest comments are just another example of an ever-growing number of occasions where he appears to feel the need to dig up certain dirt from the past.

In this case, his decision to prematurely leave Ireland’s World Cup campaign back in 2002.

It is not clear why the Ipswich boss seems to continually refer to his past whenever an opportunity presents itself. Perhaps in this case it served as a distraction to the relatively poor first season, when taking supporters’ expectations into account, he has endured at Portman Road.

Following comments made by the 38-year-old after the appointment of Giovanni Trapattoni, John Delaney, the Chief Executive of the Football Association of Ireland, launched a stinging attack on the former Manchester United midfielder, saying: “He looks very good on deflecting from his own issues. I think what he should do is concentrate on what he has to do.”

Whichever way his latest comments are interpreted, it would seem the ‘Roy Keane show’ is set to continue into the foreseeable future.

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