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'The best sport out there is hurling' -- Roy Keane on his favourite game

The Ireland assistant manager could still do a job on the edge of the square.

Keane with guidedog Zeta in Cork.
Keane with guidedog Zeta in Cork.

ROY KEANE SAYS he has ‘great admiration’ for GAA players and reckons hurling is the best spectator sport.

“I still think the best sport out there to watch is hurling,” the Ireland assistant manager says in an interview with the Irish Guide Dogs annual magazine, Guidelines.

“My career is focused on soccer but I have great admiration for GAA players. If I had a chance to watch any game in the world tomorrow I would go to a hurling match. I’ve been to the Super Bowl, Formula 1 racing, Champion’s League matches, but the All-Ireland is up there with all of them as a great occasion.

Keane, a patron of the charity since 2001, is hard pushed when asked to pick between dogs and football.

“Soccer has given me a great life, but I love my dogs. I really don’t know,” the former Manchester United skipper says. “I’m going to have to pass on that one. That’s the toughest question I’ve had in the 20-odd years I’ve been a professional.”

“When I’m out walking my dogs I’m really at ease with myself. The health benefits are huge; they’re good for my health, good for my head. Having a dog in your house makes it a home.”

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Keane on the bench at the Aviva Stadium. INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Keane admitted in the excellent Best Of Enemies documentary with Patrick Vieira last week, that part of his motivation as a youngster was to get out of his area. After a successful career in England’s north-west, does he now prefer Cork or Manchester?

“I’ve lived in Manchester longer than I lived in Cork but Cork is my home. But I’m also grateful – Manchester has been good to me; England has been good to me. It has given me a career and a life and my kids were born there. Manchester people remind me a bit like Cork people; I like their humour. I think people generally are straight up with you. I do like Manchester but Cork is my home,” he adds.

Click here to download a copy of the magazine.

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