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Roy Keane checked his horoscope before saying yes to TV pundit job

Published 25/04/2014 | 02:30

Roy Keane in the manager's dugout: Photo: John Peters/Manchester Utd via Getty Images
Roy Keane in the manager's dugout: Photo: John Peters/Manchester Utd via Getty Images
Roy Keane - seen here with Alex ferguson when he visited Old Trafford as Sunderland boss in September 2007. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Roy Keane decided to take up a job as a soccer pundit after his horoscope told him "you can't keep saying no to things".

The assistant manager with the Irish soccer team says that he has no interest in a television career – but a combination of factors led him to take up a role with ITV.

In an exclusive interview with tomorrow's 'Weekend' magazine, Keane (42) describes how the station gave him 15 minutes to decide if he wanted the job.

"There'd always been offers and I'd always said no," he says. "But I was offered the Champions League final between United and Barcelona at Wembley. I really wanted to see the match but didn't want to be bothering anyone for tickets.

"ITV got in touch through my lawyer on the Wednesday. They called at 11.45am and said they needed an answer by 12pm.

"In that 15 minutes, I looked at my horoscope and it said something like, 'You can't keep saying no to things.' So I said yes."

Keane has impressed since taking up the role, where he regularly appears alongside Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, but says that he has no ambition to continue being a pundit into his retirement.

"I don't intend to be doing it for years," he says. "I'm sure a lot of people say they'll do it for a year and end up doing it for 15 or 20. But my first priority is working with Martin and the team."

He says that he is actively searching for new players to beef up the Irish squad and while some might be down about our standard at the minute, it "isn't all doom and gloom".

"There are some good Irish players out there. Fingers crossed a few of them will come through for us in the next few years," he said.

* Read the full interview in tomorrow's 'Weekend' magazine with the Irish Independent.

Irish Independent

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