After more than a decade without a managerial role, it looks like Roy Keane is finally set to take charge of another team.
Reports are circulating that the former Manchester United captain is set to return to Sunderland, the club he launched his managerial career with in 2006. Since then he has only managed Ipswich Town, as well as assistant roles with Ireland, Aston Villa, and Nottingham Forest.
However, he has sometimes been criticized for his approach to some of these jobs. Never one to hold his tongue during his playing days, Keane’s direct and demanding approach is something that is said to rub players the wrong way in the modern game.
It is probably this approach that has seen him stay out of management since 2011 despite his open desire to take another job.
Gabby Agbonlahor not impressed with Roy Keane as coach
speaking on talkSPORT after the potential return to Sunderland was revealed, Gabby Agbonlahor said he was not at all impressed with Keane’s coaching style.
The former striker, who worked with the Irishman at Aston Villa, said his management of men was almost non-existent during his time at Villa Park.
❌ “Roy Keane didn’t speak to the players in the right way, it was very disrespectful!”
👀 “His man management was 0/100!”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 3, 2022
The problem with Roy Keane when he came to Aston Villa was that he couldn’t understand why we weren’t as good as the players he was playing with. He couldn’t accept that we weren’t going to be as good as Giggs, Scholes, Beckham and those players.
Just his way of coaching, it wasn’t the right way for players these days when he was at Aston Villa. It was his way of talking to the players. There were times when there were players like Joe Cole, he just didn’t speak to them properly. He spoke to them in a disrespectful manner.
It was in front of people. It was very disrespectful, you know there are ways to tell the players. I would say his man management was 0/100, it was that bad.
There was a time in training when we did this shooting exercise. Imagine that the 22 players are doing a shooting practice, you have to pass it to five people, spread it and make a cross. You don’t have another shot for 10 or 11 minutes, you’re going to be cold because you need more shots.
The level was not very good. The gaffer, Paul Lambert, called us, Roy Keane was there too. The gaffer says “it’s not good enough, the standard is not good enough”.
Me, as captain, I came forward and supported the players, I said ‘Well, we only get one shot every ten minutes, we have to do something different’. Roy Keane came forward and said ‘oh are you cold, do you need another warm up?’
I kind of said ‘I’m not talking to you Roy, I’m talking to the manager’. He glared at me, then the next day he left. So I think at the time at Aston Villa he left because of me.
Sunderland may think their side could benefit from the jolt that a presence like Keane would bring to the dressing room.
They have won just their last five league matches, including a 6-0 defeat at Bolton in their last outing. This run saw them slip to third place in the table, although they are still well in the running for automatic promotion.
It would be interesting to see if Roy Keane could be the man to finally bring them back into the Championship. We can only hope that Netflix sanctions another series of Sunderland till i die with him at the head of the club…