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‘Roy Keane wasn’t the ideal captain for the World Cup finals’

Niall Quinn wrote an exclusive column for the Irish Independent during the 2002 World Cup. Here we republish his column from May 25, 2002 where he agreed with the decision to send Roy Keane home . . .

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Mick McCarthy and Niall Quinn during a press conference to announce the departure from the squad of then captain Roy Keane before the 2002 World Cup. Photo: Sportsfile

Mick McCarthy and Niall Quinn during a press conference to announce the departure from the squad of then captain Roy Keane before the 2002 World Cup. Photo: Sportsfile

Mick McCarthy and Niall Quinn during a press conference to announce the departure from the squad of then captain Roy Keane before the 2002 World Cup. Photo: Sportsfile

It's been an astonishing week, incredibly hard for everyone and it’s left us with heavy hearts, on all sides.

As we flew to Japan yesterday morning without Roy, I spent my time looking back and asking myself, how did it go this far? I think everyone else did too.


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