Manchester United legend Bryan Robson is skeptical whether Roy Keane has the temperament to continue as a manager. Bryan joined Ger and Eoin in studio this morning to discuss Keane, players he wished he played with, Jose Mourinho and who United should sign this summer.
Ger asked Bryan who of his former team-mates might be suited to managing the Reds in future.
"It's a real difficult one, because you can be a great player but it doesn't meant that you are going to be great at management because it's such a totally new role.
"People like [Steve] Brucey, Mark Hughes, Gordon Strachan - they would have potential, particularly at a club like Manchester United because the revenue gives you such a better advantage."
"I'm not so sure with Roy [Keane]. He did really well when he first went to Sunderland, but then he's a really explosive character and I'm not sure whether that explosiveness is a good cocktail for being a manager. That's maybe why he's doing so well with Martin O'Neill, because Roy can do the coaching and Martin has that man-management style with players.
Of course, that is not to say that Bryan does not respect Keane - in fact, he let the lads behind the scenes of how Roy came to be signed by United, and the role that he played in the transfer.
“When we won the title the year before, the manager and his staff were having a cup of tea and I was involved in that. They were talking about Roy and I just piped in, when normally I wouldn’t say anything unless the manager asked my opinion. I said to him “I’ve played against him quite a few times Gaffer, and he’s nailed on – there’s no danger that I would not bring Roy Keane into the club.
“It was a bit detrimental to me, because Incey and Keaney got into the midfield most of the time, but every now and again, if they were suspended or injured, the boss would throw me in then or he would actually play us as a three. The one thing when Incey, Keaney and myself played altogether, we never got beat as a team.”
It was this kind of selflessness and team ethos that made Robson such a legend in the eyes of Manchester United fans, and Robbo gave an insight into the passing of the torch to the Class of ’92.
“It’s because as a club, and as a team, you want to win. As an individual you want to win things – but you can’t win things as an individual, you have got to win it as a team.
“The one great thing about what happened then, with the Class of ’92 and all the young lads coming through, they knew what it was like to play together and win the FA Youth Cup and the Reserve League. That’s why they were very successful as well.”
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