“Football… is more than a job for me” | The post-game life of Roy Keane

Roy Keane enjoys his life as a pundit but has made it clear he wants to return to management if the right club or offer comes along. However, for now, he is just happy to stay involved in football.

Keane has made a name for himself as one of the most go-to experts on any Premier League or Champions League game he analyses. From his scathing critiques of players, to his interactions with other pundits, his nights on Sky Sports are always something to remember.

With the Premier League returning tonight, the Manchester United and Republic of Ireland legend sat down with Joe Molloy for an exclusive Irish interview ahead of the new season.

speaking on The football show before the start of the Premier League, Keane discussed his life after the game.

“There’s always a worry for any ex-player, when you stop playing, the mindset and you miss the game,” Keane said. “I evolved very quickly.

“Unless I’m asked a question about my career, I very rarely think about it. I’m still involved in football, with management, coaching and obviously TV work.

“I was definitely one of those players when I got to the end that had in my mindset that I was going to move fast and not have any blocks.

“I think the fact that I stayed involved in football helped.”

“My fitness levels are actually very embarrassing”

Keane was famous for his fitness and playing physique. However, he admitted during a walk with Gary Neville as part of Heaven betit is The overlapthat he went through a period of going from one extreme to the other with his diet.

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In the years since his retirement, however, Keane admitted he was in no way in good shape.

“I’m out of shape,” Keane said. “I’m far from fit. My level of fitness is actually very embarrassing. Just because I haven’t put on a lot of weight doesn’t mean I’m fit.

“I couldn’t run. I’ve been invited several times to play legends matches, and I find it very difficult because I couldn’t move.

“Too many injury issues. I try to eat a decent diet, I’m certainly wary of putting on too much weight, but I definitely wouldn’t be fit enough to do any type of race. I’m not exactly Sean Kelly!” “

“When I was playing, people had a lot more respect!

One of the biggest issues Keane has with modern stardom is how fans and supporters approach him for selfies and autographs. When he was playing he tolerated it, but since retiring he says it got a lot worse.

“I wouldn’t say I ever liked it,” Keane said. “I tolerated it, especially when I was a player. When I was a player, people had a lot more respect.

“Nowadays people are very intrusive. Especially with cellphones and cameras. People are really rude! If someone approaches me, I have no problem. When people constantly take pictures of you or film you, that’s the bit, I don’t know anyone who likes that side.

“When people don’t say ‘please’ or ‘thank you’, that’s the problem.”

Roy Keane Croke Park

Punditry and staying involved in football

Keane has made no secret of the fact that he is still looking to get back into management. While his last appointment as assistant manager at Nottingham Forest only lasted six months, he revealed to Joe Molloy that there have been many conversations with clubs since that have fallen through.

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However, in the meantime, Keane has been enjoying his current career as a pundit. Although he’s not nervous about appearing on international television, he mentioned that he has to do a lot of preparation.

“I wouldn’t say I get nervous, but we know we’re going to work, it’s a live event, you have to be on,” Keane said.

“You have to be on time, respect the people you work for and give your opinion. I see enough people who do a lot of media work who talk a lot and don’t give an opinion.

“That’s what I feel like I’m here to do. If companies are willing to ask me back, then great. You have to focus, concentrate and do your homework on the teams that are playing. I wouldn’t say I’m nervous, but I also know when I’m going to work.

“At the end of the day, I love football. Football is in my blood. People might see it as a job, it’s more than that to me. Football is my life.

“If I didn’t [punditry], I’m always out watching games. I’m happy to watch the League of Ireland games, Salford or Rockfield, my old club. I enjoy watching all levels of football.”

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