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Roy Keane On Jose Mourinho Appointment: “He’s Not For Me”

The Manchester United legend delivered his verdict on new boss Jose Mourinho during ITV’s Champions League coverage last night.

While the Portuguese brings almost unparalleled success with him to Old Trafford, he’s also weighed-down by baggage. From one polarising figure to another, Roy Keane isn’t overly enthused at the prospect of ‘The Special One’ in the dugout.

“He is not my cup of tea,” Keane said on ITV.

“I found him really irritating when I coached against him, but that is just a personal thing.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea celebrates winning the Premier League title after the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Nonetheless, there’s no denying the Champions League winner’s credentials, and the Irishman is suitably impressed that the club secured him despite not qualifying for the prestigious competition.

“Working at Manchester United is all about winning and his CV will tell you he is a winner. He was always going to be a good option when United didn’t qualify for the Champions League. He was available, fantastic CV and it seems like a good fit, but maybe he is not for me.”

Image: Credit Irish Defence Forces via Flickr.
Image: Credit Irish Defence Forces via Flickr.

The two abrasive personalities had a few run-ins during Keane’s time in club management with Sunderland and Aston Villa.

In reference to the ‘handshake drama’ above, Keane had this to say on Mourinho offering his commiserations before the game between Jose’s Chelsea and Villa had reached it’s conclusion:

“The game is still going on,” Keane said. “You wouldn’t do that on a Sunday morning, you would get knocked out.”


Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.

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