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Roy Keane Tells The Most Shambolic Saipan Story Yet

Conor Neville
By Conor Neville
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To paraphrase that old Ardal O'Hanlon joke (often paraphrased elsewhere) interviewing Roy Keane about his life and times and not mentioning that tiny island in the Pacific would be like interviewing Neil Armstrong and not mentioning the moon.

We know most of it by now. It is a matter of public record. However, there was one detail which hasn't been heavily flagged before now.


'What are we doin' in Saipan? There's not even a football pitch there' was Roy's initial reaction on landing on the island.

Then, amid gales of laughter, he related a story from the opening night in Saipan.

We got a lecture from the medical team that because of the weather we had to drink these drinks. 'If you don't take these drinks, you might die...' that's what we were told (laughter). And we're sitting there, obviously jet-lagged, goin' 'Oh whatever, we might die'. And then he said 'But unfortunately, these drinks haven't arrived yet (very loud laughter).

Keane confirmed that relations are cordial with Mick McCarthy now. Cooper idly asked him how he thought McCarthy was doing at Ipswich.

A lot better than me...

Keane was later asked the question the whole of football is asking itself. Should John Delaney succeed Sepp Blatter? He delivered the answer in what many believe to be a tongue in cheek fashion...

This guy is working for the FAI, we obviously don't want to lose him.


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