Roy Keane loves conflict. It's probably one of the least surprising things you'll read this morning. But that's not the point of what Keane was saying at the Bord Gais Energy 'Winning in Business' seminar in Cork on Wednesday.
While the Republic of Ireland manager was being linked to the vacant Celtic manager position, the Corkonian was delighting the audience with his reasons for why international management is better than club management.
It's all about the idiots. Specifically getting rid of them:
At every club, you're going to have one or two idiots. They'll be on a two- or three-year contract, you'll want to get rid of them and they might want to go but there'll be nobody wanting to touch them.
The beauty of the national team is that guys like that, you just drop them if they're not pulling their weight. It's horses for courses with a lot of guys, sitting down and having a chat mightn't always work, sometimes you just give the honest truth and decent people, decent players, don't mind that.
Is it enough of a reason to stay as O'Neill's assistant, almost certainly not - but it's always nice to be reminded of the mellowing of Roy Keane through the years with quotes like that. It'll only get more serious with the 44-year-old.
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