Paul McGrath has spoken about Roy Keane being linked to his former club Aston Villa and was unwavering in his praise for the Corkman.
From my experience, Roy is a fantastic guy to have on your side and the image he has of being a little difficult and maybe hard to get to know is not what I experienced when he was my Ireland team-mate.
He was great company and I’m sure everyone who has worked with him would echo that view.
What you get with Roy is an honest and open approach.
The Irish legend added:
He says it as he sees it and doesn't have too much interest in respecting big personalities or trying to be nice to people he can’t be bothered with.
If he doesn't agree with you, he will tell you in no uncertain terms and that can rub people up the wrong way, sometimes.
He did admit that he was hugely surprised that Keane turned down the chance to manage Celtic – saying he felt 'the job was made for him' – but could understand his reasons.
Clearly, he didn't fancy throwing himself into Celtic and maybe his eagerness to stay involved with Ireland and possibly take up this opportunity in the Premier League with Aston Villa seemed like a more preferable option.
McGrath said that Villa will be very lucky if Keane decides to join and it would be a 'great coup' for Paul Lambert.
Hat-tip: Birmingham Mail and Irish Examiner