Monday 25 September 2017

Roy Keane: We can beat Croatia -- it's commentating that's hard

Roy Keane is kissed by Ann Cooke, of Farranree, Cork, during a fundraiser for Rockmount AFC, at the Silversprings Moran Hotel, Cork, at the weekend
Roy Keane is kissed by Ann Cooke, of Farranree, Cork, during a fundraiser for Rockmount AFC, at the Silversprings Moran Hotel, Cork, at the weekend
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

ROY KEANE has changed his tune. His disdain for television pundits was once so strong he admitted he used to resort to turning off the sound on his television.

But he's on the other side of the screen quite regularly now and admits he enjoys his TV commentary role more than he expected.

"I have been lucky in the past few months where I did a bit of TV work," he said during a fundraising event in Cork at the weekend.

"I wouldn't say it rocks my boat but it is a lot harder than I thought -- it keeps the brain occupied."

Keane -- and his former Manchester United teammate Nicky Butt -- attracted a sell-out crowd to a special fundraiser for the star's former juvenile club, Rockmount AFC.

About 700 people packed into a conference centre to hear the former Ireland captain hold court on his Old Trafford career and retirement, and Ireland's hopes in Euro 2012.

And it was a relaxed, more mellow Keane who took centre stage.

He even said that Ireland can beat Croatia in their opening Euro 2012 match -- but admitted he would happily settle for a draw to kick off the campaign.

"They (Ireland) are drawn against good teams but that is what happens when you qualify for championships," he said.

"Teams are seeded but you look at the first match against Croatia. Can Ireland get a result? Of course they can. That is the most important game -- the second and third games will take care of themselves. But a decent start could be a draw," he added.

Euro 2012 latest: see sport, pages 66-67

Irish Independent

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