Roy Keane isn’t exactly the biggest fan of footballers sporting winter clothing.
Just last week, the Manchester United icon had fans chuckling when he took aim at Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane for daring to wear gloves in the warm-up for the Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
Keane said cuttingly in the Sky Sports studio: “Are they gloves? Are they wearing gloves? Is that what I’m seeing? Am I seeing things? That’s a great message, yeah.”
The Premier League’s snood craze
Now, it’s no secret that Keane is just as brutal and uncompromising in front of television cameras as he was on the pitch, but that doesn’t make it any less amusing that players wearing gloves ticked him off.
However, if you cast your minds back to the heady days of the 2010/11 season, then you might remember an era in which Premier League players went one step further to protect themselves from the cold.
Yes, that’s right, we are of course talking about the snood craze that once swept through England’s top-flight with players hopping on board the trend to ensure that their necks stayed toasty.
While the accessory was eventually banned by the FA in March 2011, there was a time where players like Carlos Tevez, Marouane Chamakh and Samir Nasri made the phenomena seem pretty normal.
Champions League quarter-final and semi-final draw (Football Terrace)
Keane’s reaction to the craze
Nevertheless, as you’d expect, none other than Keane himself wasn’t too impressed by a winter-battling fashion choice that went far beyond what he saw from Maguire and Varane over a decade later.
The then Ipswich Town manager was just as unamused by the snood-sporting craze as you’d imagine, even giving insight into his own rules that generously – I guess? – allowed his players to wear gloves in training.
According to the Guardian, Keane said of the snoods: “Don’t get me started. I don’t know how they do it. It’s very strange. Gloves, scarves, I think somebody came on a few weeks ago for [Manchester] City who had a hat on.
“I don’t know how they do it and focus on the game, it’s weird. That’s the way the game’s gone.”
When prompted that snoods wouldn’t have been worn during his time at Old Trafford, the Irish icon continued: “Not at all. They’ve all gone soft. I think John Barnes wore gloves but to be fair I think that boy could play. That was just gloves. Then it went to tights. Now it’s scarves.”
And when it was suggested that he could make an order of snoods for his Ipswich players, Keane concluded: “No, no. They can wear gloves in training, which I don’t mind.
One or two of our lads wore them last year in a cup game up at Blackpool. I made the point: ‘If you’re going to wear gloves, you’d better play well. Because that’s the first thing I’m going to throw back at you. You wear the tights, scarves, you’d better play well.'”
Classic Roy Keane
Don’t go changing, Roy, don’t go changing.
Now, of course, there were good reasons behind the banning of snoods beyond Keane rolling his eyes, but we can’t help laughing all these years on at his reaction to what was a heady period in Premier League history.
It’s hard to imagine the carnage that would ensue if Maguire and Varane had taken to the Old Trafford pitch in fluffy scarves, but it seems as though Keane would be angry with pretty much all winter clothing.
I guess he must love Kieran Tierney…