'Most of the time he was a really calming influence' - Ex-Ireland star gives alternative view on Roy Keane the manager
Andy Reid has opened up on his time being managed by Roy Keane, revealing that the Man United legend isn't as angry in the dressing room as he was on the pitch.
Ex-Ireland international Reid played under the current national team assistant manager at Sunderland, which was Keane's first foray into the world of coaching.
There is a perception that the former midfield enforcer was a tyrannical manager but Reid says that has been 'exaggerated' over the years.
“There were times like any manager when he would lose it – and to be a good manager you have to - but most of the time he was a really calming influence," Reid said in an interview with 888Sport.
"It was exaggerated how volatile Roy Keane was.
“I probably had more arguments with him – well, not arguments because you daren’t argue with him – for Ireland. I had more bollockings off him when playing with him than when he was a manager. I got on well with him and he was a good manager. I’m sure he’d admit himself that he made mistakes as it was his first job but overall he did a good job at Sunderland.”
Keane appears to have learned from his mistakes at Sunderland and Ipswich, now forming part of a formidable management team with Ireland boss Martin O'Neill. Reid has high praise for O'Neill, picking out his man management as one of his strongest attributes.
"He’s doing a fantastic job and showing what a top class manager he is," Reid said.
"I was in a couple of the squads with him before I got injured so I know how fantastic he is with the players. He knows when someone needs an arm around the shoulder or when they deserve a bollocking. He’s a very clever man and knows the right time to do those things.
"I’m not surprised in any way with how they qualified and now they’re getting off to a great start to this group. Obviously being an Irishman I just hope he keeps it up."