Sunday 25 February 2018

Declan Lynch: Roy more than ready to don the No 2

Keane has shown he is not afraid of change and so this new team could work very well, writes Declan Lynch

DURING a recent interview on RTE radio's Sean O'Rourke show, Alastair Campbell said that he felt a certain empathy with Roy Keane because in the past they had both been "a bit dry-drunkish". It had been 11 years since I had first written about Keane in similar terms, in relation to Saipan, but regardless, I noted Campbell's intervention.

It was an extraordinarily interesting thing to say on a number of levels, and as usual with the hard newsmen, when something extraordinarily interesting is said to them, it was completely ignored. Indeed it was bundled out the proverbial studio door, and with time running out, talk turned instead to something relatively uninteresting about Tony Blair's relationship with Gordon Brown – the issues, you know, the issues.

For those of you who might not be familiar with drinking lore, being "a bit dry-drunkish" can roughly be described as being off the drink, but still being angry about it. And with most people who try to give up the drink for good, such as Alastair Campbell or Roy Keane, it is only to be expected. Indeed it is quite a normal part of the grieving process.

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