Wednesday 17 January 2018

After 12 years a slave to Saipan, Roy sticks around for a shot at redemption

Mandy Johnston

Mandy Johnston

The manager's role is even more pressurised than a player's.

Roy Keane has been '12 years a slave' to the saga of Saipan which may have been a crucial factor in his decision not to be considered for the position of manager at Celtic Football Club. In choosing to remain on as second in command with the Republic of Ireland, it appears that he has favoured redemption in Ireland over a major challenge in Scotland. But there is certainly much more to his decision than that, perhaps the step into arguably the only remaining football club in Europe to have a real heart and soul was an emotional rollercoaster too far for our Roy.

Celtic is not just a club; it is a social movement in Glasgow and beyond. Names like Jock Stein, Sean Fallon and Billy McNeill are writ large. The enormity of Celtic's sporting and social legacy are a daunting endeavour for any manager to embrace.

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