Joe Brolly has read Roy Keane's new book and has assessed it and the Ireland assistant manager in his Irish Mail on Sunday column today titled, 'Tortured Keane should confront his demons before it's too late'.
Brolly says that reading the book and observing Keane through the media this week has led him to believe that he is a man "desperately in need of counselling".
So, in his forties, Roy Keane remains an undeveloped man with little or no insight. Watching him through the week and reading his book, the thought that struck was that here is a man desperately in need of counselling and a lengthy period away from the public eye.
He goes on to say that watching Keane this week reminded him of Travis Bickle from the film Taxi Driver due to his anger at the world. He also criticises what he calls the Corkman's "pursuit of fame", saying:
It looks like he would crawl over crushed class to get to a microphone.
Brolly, a man not afraid of the spotlight himself, continues to berate Keane for his attention seeking.
Keane is not a man at ease with himself. His desire to be in the spotlight is an unhealthy fixation, driven by deeper inadequacies.
There could be redemption for former Man Utd player though, as the Derryman says having watched 'The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse' which he sees as a cautionary tale with parallels for Keane's life, that:
As Monkhouse discovered at the end of his life, the only thing that matters is self-worth. It is not too late for Roy...
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