Signs warn us to leave Roy alone
THERE has been a look in Roy Keane’s eyes over the past few months that says it all. He cuts a man fed up with being part of the sporting circus and the time has come to let him be.
Despite all that he is and his eagerness in the past to condemn others that didn’t live up to his lofty expectations, seeing him peeping out from behind the front door of his Cheshire home on the tabloid front pages evoked a degree of sympathy. He looked like a man craving solitude and in time his wish will be granted.
For the moment everyone will chip in with their two cents; you could argue that they have a right, given his willingness to live his life in a media fishbowl ever since he came of age all those years ago. And Keane will weather that storm.
But his demeanour,
the dishevelled look he has been sporting recently with an uncharacteristically long beard and his contradictory comments (eg saying Trapattoni is entitled to exclude Andy Reid if he chooses, when he lambasted Steve Staunton for leaving out the less talented Liam Miller) suggest the man needs a break.
Roy Keane does lots of good with his life, he has reached the top against all the odds and he’s a family man who provides invaluable publicity for the Irish Guide Dogs Association. Inevitably, the Saipan affair will be resurrected from the pits of people’s minds and argued across beer-sodden mats for a few weekends until the next hot potato rolls from the Premiership scandal bowl. And there’s plenty to come on that particular menu.
If he can take anything from all this it’s that his initial approach to management was wrong.
There are people who will champion his cause to manage his country but is that what the players or the vast majority really want? When Keane does eventually resurface things will need to be done differently. Otherwise, as he would admit himself, the mistakes would all have been in vain.
We all mess up, it’s just that the rest of us don’t have the added bother of the rest of the world tut-tutting on.
COLLEGE RICH KIDS
IRISH teenagers are getting the wrong signals from these highprofile ‘league tables’. Recent figures showing that 15 of the top feeder schools for universities are fee-paying with the other five coming from the ‘Free Education System’ are distasteful. What are we trying to do here? If there is a greater proportion of students getting into colleges from fee-paying schools then fair play to them but there are plenty of other ‘less privileged’ minds waiting to take them on when the pockets of protection run dry.
THE news that Take That’s comeback hit ‘Patience’ is the number one tune parents sing to their babies when trying to get them off to sleep has to be a gag. While not a bad ditty, the rollercoaster chorus has more high notes than a West Dublin drug dealer. Don’t even think about it! Babies are traditionalists and Twinkle Twinkle is still the business. Trust me.