Roy Keane has not had a management job since leaving Ipswich Town almost four years ago, but there have been offers since. And, as revealed by the former Manchester United captain, not all of these have been for jobs in football.
Keane is currently working as deputy to both Paul Lambert and Martin O’Neill, with Aston Villa and the Republic of Ireland respectively, but it could have been that he became a star of reality TV had things taken a different turn.
Speaking to Shortlist, Keane says he has been approached to be on both Celebrity Big Brother and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, and even went as far as to speak to producers of the latter to discuss a potential trip to the jungle.
Keane, as expected, ultimately gave short shrift to the prospect of appearing on I’m A Celebrity but, far more surprisingly, has not ruled out eating kangaroo testicles - and other such nonsense - at some point in the future.
“Well, I couldn’t see it, but I am more open to stuff now,” he said. “I’ve had the Celebrity Big Brother offers and the jungle stuff [I’m A Celebrity…].
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“I met the jungle people, but I thought, ‘Nah, not for me.’”
“But the more you say no, the more determined they are to get you, so who knows? There’s more to life than football.”
Keane has been speaking to continue the promotion of his latest autobiography, in which he has launched numerous stinging attacks on various football figures, with Sir Alex Ferguson most notable among them.
Ferguson detailed his account of Keane’s departure from Manchester United in his own book last year, and the criticism of his former captain led the Irishman to tell his version of events. And it isn’t pretty.
The relationship between Ferguson and Keane unravelled dramatically and the latter has no plans to make peace with his former manager any time soon. Keane claims to be stunned that Ferguson would be critical of players who brought him so much success, and gets his own back in this latest memoir.