Gary Lineker plays down Roy Keane's influence while captain at Manchester United
Former England captain Gary Lineker laughed off claims that Roy Keane held huge influence during his time at Manchester United, even though he was club captain under manager Alex Ferguson for several years.
Lineker wore the England captain’s armband in the final years of his international career and also led his club sides as skipper, but he has insisted the significance given to the role by the media is being wildly over-inflated.
The English obsession with the captaincy is bizarre. It's purely an off the field role. Doesn't make a blind bit of difference in games.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 3, 2016
As interim England boss Gareth Southgate was quizzed on his decision to retain Wayne Rooney as national team skipper despite his poor form with Manchester United, Lineker joined the debate to suggest captaincy counts for little in the modern game
When one of Lineker’s 5.29m followers on Twitter responded with a suggestion that Roy Keane was a shining example of a footballer to made the most of his role as a captain, he offered this dismissive response:
You think Roy Keane made decisions over Sir Alex? https://t.co/DZZRqN2hd1— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 3, 2016
On the pitch, It didn't make any difference who was captain. None whatsoever. https://t.co/umfUmvwTo3— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 3, 2016
@GaryLineker even Roy said being captain for Ireland was a lot of "sorting out tickets" for other players' families etc.— Rob Smith (@robsmithireland) October 3, 2016
@GaryLineker I agree ! Only thing captain does really is calls heads or tails , sorts bonus out and Christmas parties— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) October 3, 2016
TV host Piers Morgan then joined the debate, but Lineker was not convinced by his argument that Arsenal legends Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira had as big an influence on the field as their managers on the sidelines.
Also, those 2 played in the same team. Was the one without a bit of cloth on his arm any less of a leader? Of course not. https://t.co/YMb1ajpNcw— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 3, 2016