Friday 19 January 2018

Roy would do a great job for Irish team, says his proud mum

Pride: Marie Keane
Pride: Marie Keane
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

IRELAND'S football 'dream team' has secured the ultimate endorsement – from Roy Keane's mum.

Marie Keane said she would be "over the moon" if her son was confirmed as assistant manager to new Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill.

Her comments came after Roy Keane (42) used the occasion of a September 26 visit back to his native Cork to single out Martin O'Neill as "a very good choice" as Giovanni Trapattoni's successor.

Intriguingly, he also paid tribute to the Football Association of Ireland over how it had handled the selection process.

Marie has now spoken of her pride if, as widely predicted, Roy Keane becomes Ireland's No 2.

The extended Keane family believe that it will, once and for all, draw a line under the 2002 World Cup controversy and the then Manchester United captain's exit from the Irish training camp at Saipan.

Marie Keane, who admitted she was shocked by the depiction of her son in Alex Ferguson's biography last month, said Roy's mooted role in the Irish team was almost too good to be true.

"But it would be lovely if it did (happen). Roy would love it and I know he would do a great job," she said.

She said her son would devote himself 100pc to any such role for his country.

"Roy puts his heart and soul into everything he does. He always has. This job would be no different. We would all be so proud of him."

She added her son has always been intensely proud of Ireland and his Cork birthplace, never forgetting his roots and childhood friends.

Irish Independent

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