If there was an award for the most intense pundit at this summer’s World Cup finals then Roy Keane would win it hands down.
The former Manchester United captain seems to be permanently angry and is never afraid to blast a team or a player if he deems it necessary. The idea of causing offence doesn’t even seem to cross his mind.
For example, on Wednesday night he revealed on ITV that he regretted not ripping off Carlos Queiroz’s head during their time working together at United. Charming.
At times over the past week, you could cut the tension with a knife inside the ITV studio.
It’s hard to imagine that him and Slaven Bilic will be seeing much of each other once the tournament ends.
But although Keane must be a nightmare to work alongside, he is rather entertaining for us viewers.
A Roy Keane rant can be beautiful, as much as it can be terrifying.
What Keane said about working as a pundit in 2014
But why is he so angry? He enjoyed a fantastic playing career, earned a hell of a lot of money along the way and is currently the assistant manager of Ireland’s national team. Life appears to be pretty good for him.
Perhaps he’s more miserable than usual when he’s on TV because of how he really feels about working as a pundit.
Back in 2014, Keane revealed in his autobiography ‘The Second Half’ that he doesn’t actually enjoy it - shock.
"Once we were at Juventus – they were playing Chelsea. We were standing at the corner flag and Adrian (Chiles) was next to me. He goes: ‘This is great isn’t it?’ I went: ‘I used to play in these games Adrian’. I wasn’t being cocky,” he said, per Joe.co.uk.
'It's an easy gig. I don't like easy gigs'
"It’s about justification, what you stand for.
"When I was at United I was getting paid good money but I could go: ‘Yeah, but I'm giving it back to you’. I didn’t feel that way with this TV work.
"It’s an easy gig. I don’t like easy gigs. When I heard: ‘I liked your commentary last night’. I knew I was only talking bulls*** like the rest of them. Hopefully my bulls*** was a bit better. I wanted to do something that excited me. TV work didn’t excite me.
"I liked Adrian and Lee Dixon, though. What I really enjoyed was the company. I liked meeting people, old players like Liverpool’s Jan Molby.
"Some United fans saw us together and one of them said: ‘Why the f*** are you talking to him?’ I felt like saying: ‘I will speak to who I f***ing want to!’”
But there you have it: Keane has previously admitted that he doesn’t enjoy working as a pundit.
This, of course, begs the question: why are you doing it again this summer then, Roy?
Must have been the pay cheque.
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