The Republic of Ireland soccer team saw their assistant manager in a whole new light last night as Roy Keane and the Boys in Green went to the theatre in a break from their Euro 2016 preparations.
Ireland face off with Poland tomorrow, but thoughts turned to all things Saipan, (Eamon) Dunphia and long-running feuds as the players and management took in the musical 'I, Keano'.
The comedy, which chronicles the infamous 2002 quarrel on the Pacific Island between Keane and his former manager Mick McCarthy (or General Macarticus), has returned to the stage following its 2005 debut.
Manager Martin O'Neill last night explained the visit to the Olympia Theatre was a way of taking the players' minds off tomorrow's must-win qualifier.
I Keano writer Michael Nugent with Roy Keane before the Irish football squad watched the show in the Olympia. pic.twitter.com/w1399AsJXo— I Keano (@ikeano2015) March 28, 2015
Robbie Keane on the team's trip to 'I Keano': “The fact I was 10 years of age playing in a World Cup, I thought it was a bit strange”— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) March 28, 2015
"It's really just to take a break and go out for the evening," O'Neill told the Irish Independent. "I think some of the senior players have seen the show before and they're looking forward to it."
When asked about Keane's feelings on the viewing he said: "You'll have to ask Roy that." Alas O'Neill's assistant declined to comment when asked if he was looking forward to seeing the performance.
The Irish side go into tomorrow's Group D encounter in joint second place on seven points. But they find themselves three points behind leaders Poland, who come into the game undefeated.
The Poles can also look forward to a sizable and vocal support due to the large Polish community - estimated at around 150,000 - who now call Ireland home.
The game also coincides with the nationwide festival PolskaÉire 2015, a nine-day celebration of cultural and sporting events which concludes on Sunday with a fair in Temple Bar before the Aviva Stadium showdown.
Interest is high as the FAI confirmed tickets have already sold out.