Tuesday 24 April 2018

Roy Keane ‘has great personal charm’ says President Higgins

Joyce Fegan

Joyce Fegan

Roy Keane is a "person of great personal charm" says President Michael D Higgins in Costa Rica.

President Higgins, who expressed his "great sadness" at the absence of Ireland from the World Cup finals, was asked by Independent.ie if he thought Roy Keane could fill the current FAI managerial vacancy.

Whilst the Irish President said he was "prevented by the Constitution from talking about soccer managers' decisions" admitted his fondness for Keane. He said Roy brought him on a tour of the Manchester United stadium when he was Minister for Culture and the Gaeltacht and that the Cork man was "a person of great personal charm."

In spite of Presidential restrictions he told Independent.ie that he once came close to speaking  his mind when Ireland lost a game in the final minutes with a certain player on the bench.

Mr Higgins said he was "very tempted" to intervene but instead chose not to the approach the team manager.

Like everyone else he's "disappointed" when Ireland loses a game.

Mr Higgins made his comments in Costa Rica yesterday on the back of his support for the Costa Rican team who beat Mexico two goals to one and won a place in the Brazilian play-off.

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