Signs warn us to leave Roy alone

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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.

OH BABY!

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.

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