A Beard too far for Roy

by admin

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The Championship season is well under way and it will be a fascinating tussle for the teams who are battling it out for a big juicy slice of the pizza that is the Premiership.

Out of 24 teams in the second tier of English football, realistically you could say 15 have actual aspirations to be promoted or to be in or around the play-offs come May.

West Brom, Newcastle, Boro, Cardiff and Sheff Utd are all teams that expect to be filling just the two automatic spots.

Other teams like Palace, Preston, Leicester, Derby, Sheff Wed, Forest, Reading and even Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough believe they have an outside chance at the play-offs.

However one team, aided by their cocky and bullish manager have made a terrible start to the season and I’m actually quite delighted to see it.

Who am I talking about? Ipswich Town. They currently sit 23rd (at time of writing) and are still searching for the first win of the season. This is the Ipswich who are meant to be title contenders.

Don’t get the wrong impression here, Ipswich Town is a good honest football club and (please forgive the typical footballer ‘just signed’ response here) has great tradition and history.

Its just I’m not convinced that Roy Keane is a decent manager. Not one beardy bit. Great players don’t necessarily make good manager’s, just take a look at the Tony Adams Rule.

Yes, you can say he got Sunderland promoted at the first opportunity when he took over at the Stadium of Light and yes, you can say that he kept Sunderland up in the Premiership. Two valid points.

Though the team he took over had got promotion two seasons earlier as Champions with 94 points and the team he inherited was essentially the same with players like Whitehead and Lawrence still in the squad.

He then got promoted (with the aid of a few late, maybe fortuitous goals) and spent fortunes on streams of players who were either here or there. In his time in the North East, Keane spent some £80 million on players with only Kenywe Jones a player with real premiership quality.

He grew a beard and eventually quit so he didn’t have to get kicked out by the enormous boot of Niall Quinn.

For me, he has already partly dug his grave at Ipswich and he did so in his very first press conference. Why did he do this? By saying that he will get promoted within two seasons or he would be a failure. This was his first error. Championship managers should only flirt with the word promotion as in a league as unpredictable as the Championship it can all go suddenly wrong.

Take a leaf out of Nigel Clough’s book by simply promising improvement at Derby.

This week Keane wrote off his teams chances of automatic promotion and only heralded ‘hope’ for the play-offs. Is that a beard you’re growing Roy?

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  • dexylongshot

    My Celtic gypo like crystal forsees more footage of him in two years taking his labrador for a walk with the passing paparazzii looking for soundbites from one of Irelands greatest.

    “Ay yer fkin little bollox”

    or something like that, before being gift-wrapped the national
    managers job for the Euro 2012 charge.

  • Matt Quinn

    Keane is a terrible manager. His scouting network is smaller than Martin O’Neills! He only ever signs clubs from his ex clubs or Ireland. I notice he’s just signed 2 sunderland players for Ipswich… he never seems to learn.

    The fortunes he spent at Sunderland were totally wasted on distinctly average journeymen. Steve Bruce’s first transfer window with Sunderland has produced far more impressive results than Keane ever managed.

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