Never one to shy away from sharing an opinion, it seems suitably fitting that Joe Brolly has weighed in on the never ending debate about Roy Keane's influence on Irish football. In the week that Keane's alleged altercation at the Ireland team hotel momentarily distracted from preparations for the Scotland game, Brolly has said that he sees Keane as little more than a sideshow which keeps fans and the media occupied.
It always amuses me to hear soccer players described as role models. They are nothing of the kind. Keane is just, you know he is interesting and for the media it is fantastic, it’s like having a soccer coaching Kardashian.
Brolly was speaking to Newstalk's Off The Ball show on Sunday when he made the remarks and he went on to question Keane's psychological development.
I think that he'll fail wherever he goes if he's a manager because he doesn't have any of the emotional intelligence that's required. He's got a very basic personality. I would imagine that he has all sorts of deep-seated psychological issues that have never been dealt with.
He seems to have an addictive personality. You see barristers like this as well, that freelance world. He was just a freelance soccer player and all he had to do was play soccer and he was brilliant at that. But then he reaches the age of 35 and because he's never had to change or think about himself, his personality is absolutely set in stone.
It's not much of a story. I think people laugh at the guy, I think it's pathetic.
You can hear Brolly's thoughts below. (Beginning around the 9.45 mark)