Roy Keane shuts down reporter who asks about James McCarthy

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Roy Keane is as terrifying a coach as he is a manager.

The Republic of Ireland assistant manager made it his mission during his playing career to scare the lights out of his opponents.

And he does the exact same to reporters. When a journalist’s phone went off during Keane’s press conference in 2014, the former midfielder gave a death stare that probably left the poor reporter with nightmares.

We often see a light side to Keane when he faces the media. When a Belgian reporter suggested that Ireland were favourites in their Euro 2016 clash agains the Red Devils, Keane replied: “I think you’ve been drinking.”

That show of humour was a moment to savour for those journalists inside the room, for Keane very rarely shows that side to him.

Type ‘Roy Keane slam’ into Google and you’ll find instances of him having a pop at Arsenal’s “weak players” or Eden Hazard.


The latest entry in his extensive list of put downs comes at the expense of a journalist who dared ask Keane about Ireland midfielder James McCarthy’s future at Everton.

That death stare came out once again, Keane calling the question “nonsense”.

Check out the video below.


For an idea of just how brutal the 45-year-old can be, this is what he said about Hazard after the Chelsea winger said it would be “difficult” to turn down a move to Paris Saint-Germain in February.

“I can’t understand these players, he signed an extension of five years only last year, when we saw how brilliant he was… and then he’s coming out with all that nonsense on the eve of a big game.

“If I was a team-mate of his I would kick him up and down the training pitch. Some of the senior players have got to get hold of him. He’s a talented boy, but his attitude is like a spoilt child. It was absolutely ridiculous.

“You don’t mind some players sometimes being moody, or having their head turned if they think they might be moving, but once you go on that pitch you’ve still got your pride.”

And we thought Keane’s death stare was the worst it could get.

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