Friday 17 November 2017

ITV picks Keano for its Champions League final team

Roy Keane is to be a pundit on ITV's coverage of the Champions League final. Photo: Getty Images
Roy Keane is to be a pundit on ITV's coverage of the Champions League final. Photo: Getty Images

Martin Riordan

Former Manchester United hardman and Ireland captain Roy Keane will act as a pundit in ITV’s coverage of the Champions League Final tomorrow night.

Keane has been out of football since his unsuccessful reign at second-tier Ipswich came to an unsatisfactory conclusion.



A station spokesperson confirmed they’d managed to persuade the fiery Corkman, who walked away from the 2002 World Cup Finals after falling out with manager Mick McCarthy, to join them in the Wembley studio.



Keane enjoyed huge success as United player and captain, but was shown the door after he directed a scathing critique of his team-mates on MUTV.



He said of the club’s record signing, Rio Ferdinand: “Just because you are paid £120,000-a-week and play well for 20 minutes against Tottenham, you think you are a superstar’’.



And he added: “The younger players have been let down by some of the more experienced players. They are just not leading. There is a shortage of characters in this team. It seems to be in this club that you have to play badly to be rewarded. Maybe that is what I should do when I come back. Play badly.”



The footage, on United’s in-house TV station, was pulled at the insistence of the irate manager.



Keane then left the club under a cloud, but only after a testimonial match.



Tomorrow night will tell if he’s as scathing about the current team, as he was about the one he had lead with such passion.

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