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'Roy Keane is soccer-coaching Kardashian' - Joe Brolly

The GAA pundit has questioned the emotional intelligence of the Ireland assistant boss.

Roy Keane has come under Joe Brolly's spotlight.
Roy Keane has come under Joe Brolly's spotlight.
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GAA PUNDIT JOE Brolly has questioned the emotional intelligence of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane and said the 43-year old was a “soccer-coaching Kardashian.”

The Sunday Game panellist was speaking on Newstalk’s Off The Ball about the incident at the Ireland team hotel on Wednesday evening and, despite admitting to not knowing Keane, said he believes he is someone who craves publicity.

“It always amuses me to hear soccer players described as role models. They are nothing of the kind. Keane is just, you know he is interesting and for the media it is fantastic, it’s like having a soccer-coaching Kardashian.

“Roy will never be a leader, he couldn’t be a military leader for example.

“Keane brings huge interest wherever he goes but I think he will fail wherever he goes as a manager because he doesn’t have any of the emotional intelligence that is required.”

When Off the Ball presenter Joe Molloy challenged Brolly by saying he didn’t know Keane personally, the former Derry footballer was unperturbed.

“His towering rages, the way be behaves, the constant craving for publicity. The guy would walk over crushed glass to get to a mic.”

Joe Brolly Joe Brolly was speaking on Newstalk today.

Brolly went on to say that the character of Roy Keane has taken over from the person in the public’s eyes.

“With Roy it is different and in a way what has happened is in truth, because he was a great footballer and all of that, he has just become a figure of fun.

“People say ‘ah that’s fantastic did you see what he did yesterday’ and everyone plays up to it and he has to act the clown when he is in press conferences, etc, because he is completely unreconstructed.

“I must say I feel sorry for the fella. Maybe that’s wrong, maybe he doesn’t feel in the slightest bit troubled, maybe it’s an act. Maybe all that volcanic stuff that stems around that is just an act.”

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