Former professional footballer, current manager and pundit, Roy Keane is one of the most successful players Ireland has ever produced. His 19 trophies put him at the top of the list alongside fellow Manchester United alumnus Denis Irwin. In his early career, Roy was a big name in international football as part of the squad for the 1988 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship and the Republic of Ireland national under-19 team – for which he won man of the match</cite< in the final, winning game.
During his twelve-year stretch with Manchester United, Roy’s career saw great highs, as well as more turbulent incidences, which ensured that he made his name as an influential player and captain. After spending four years as a player, Roy became the captain in 1997, a role he would hold for four years. During his time as captain, he led the team to many victories, titles and played a huge part in the early careers of now-household names David Beckham and Paul Scholes. Overall, he won seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and one Champions Leagues he forged a reputation as one of the league’s toughest midfielders.
After leaving Manchester United in 2005, Roy began playing for Celtic, before announcing his retirement from professional football six months later. Since retirement, Roy has continued his heavy involvement in the sport, managing Sunderland for three years and Ipswich Town for two. Roy also had the role of assistant manager for Aston Villa, Republic of Ireland and most recently, Nottingham Forest.
Aside from his involvement in team management, Roy has had a successful media career. After covering the action of a few games for SKY, he was selected as a pundit for the ITV coverage of the Champions League final in 2012, alongside Harry Redknapp and Gareth Southgate. Proving popular with the fans, ITV kept Roy on as the chief football analyst and he commentated on nearly every match that was streamed live.
With a rich and colourful football career and many anecdotes and stories to tell, Roy Keane is a sought-after after dinner speaker. He thrills football fans with his honest and open opinions on the sport, players and industry as a whole. A fantastic addition to any evening, Roy Keane, is sure to bit a hit with all audiences.
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When at corporate events, Roy is known to cover the following topics:
- The Premier League
- Irish Football
- International Football
- Drive & Determination
- Peak Performance
- Overcoming Adversity
- 1990s Football