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Friday, November 18, 2005

The Roy Keane Exit - An Appraisal

T has questioned the role of the Glazer's in the exit of Roy Keane. I have no doubt in my mind that this parting of ways by "mutual consent" has nothing to do with the Glazers and everything to do with Roy Keane and Alex Ferguson's relationship having totally broken down. There has been an increasing tension between the two for several months if not for the past couple of seasons. Formations, transfer dealings and Queiroz's influence at the club have become huge obstacles between the two. The recent MUTV interview was, as T says, the straw that broke the camels back. And despite Keane's status, Ferguson is still all powerful - so Keane goes.
Besides, the Glazer's have absolutely no interest in the playing side of things at Old Trafford (where were they for the Chelsea match?) and even less so the dynamics of player/manager relations.

So T, this was definitely Ferguson's call - so I dont think this will influence his deceision to stay at United beyond the end of this season. If he had his way, he would be at Old Trafford for the next 5 years. The only way he will leave at the end of the season is if he is forced out because of another trophy-less season.

Redsman, in answer to what happens next - I agree that Gary Neville should be made the next United captain. He is one of the few players currently at United who has as much hunger for success and passion to win as Keane. Its time Neville's nickname changed from "Scargill" to skipper.

As for Ballack - his signing has become an absolute imperative. This is not as a replacement for Keane - they are completely different - but because without Keane United are in need of a talisman. Ballack, like Keane commands, respect and exudes a winning mentality. Its this that United have been missing and will miss even more without Keane.

But Ballack will not join United mid-season and in fact I believe he will move to Real, Barca or Ac Milan ahead of United. With the current status quo at United, leaving Bavaria for Manchester would be a step down and it hurts me to write that.

Keane will be sorely missed at United (see my laughable attempt at a tribute "poem" below), and I knew that he would not be wearing the red shirt next season - but I only wish that his deparure from United had been less acrimoniuos because his was a glorious career at Old Trafford.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

sad really sad, , brett

11/18/2005 7:25 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

Abdul, again cannot add much. We nearly lost Stevie G, Arsenal lost their Vieira, Man Utd now apart from Keane. To think Vieira spent 9 years, Keane spent 12 1/2. Seven league titles, one European Cup, four FA Cups. I would think Arsenal fans wouldn't disagree when I say they have not replaced Vieira and miss his presence. Man Utd will be the same.

Losing two talismanic skippers, another enters the Premiership fray in John Terry. Some fans may have accepted Keane was coming to an end soon. Yet, like Abdul, they would have preferred an ending in May, rather than now and how.

11/18/2005 7:57 pm

Blogger T said...

Thanks Abdul, really interesting article. Like Redsman, I can't add much to it.

If it true that its down to Ferguson- then I can't help but think that this acrimonious parting of the ways is fitting for both men... I admire both's achievements but not particularly the manner in which they have achieved them.

I also think that Keane's departure may be helpful for the younger players who Keane has taken public pot-shots at. They may appreciate his departure and progress and thrive. Alternatively, without his presence they may lose more of the focus that Keane seemed to despise.

The matches at Charlton and Villareal in next five days will indicate what direction Mn Utd will go- I predict the former

11/19/2005 11:43 am


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