Roy Keane – Views on Saipan Seven Years On
In an interview with Paul Rowan, published in the Sunday Times on December 13, 2009, Roy Keane’s views on the Saipan incident appear to have shifted somewhat yet he says he still wouldn’t change what he did. The focus of his ire seems to have moved from Irish football manager, Mick McCarthy to the current CEO of the FAI, John Delaney (Delaney was not the CEO during the 2002 World Cup).
Keane was critical of Ireland’s failure to qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa but said
“It would have been a good way to gauge in terms of preparation if Ireland had qualified for South Africa…But the FAI have to take a lot of responsibility for that in terms of preparation, particularly if you do qualify for a major tournament. Would it have been any different under the new manager this year? I am not sure.”
This is a reference to his view that the FAI have not moved of, in terms of professionalism, since the Saipan affair. This is despite the fact that he was a fan of the Irish manager during the 2010 World 2010 qualification campaign, Giovanni Trapattoni, describing him as “absolutely brilliant”.
Keane Understands McCarthy’s Position in Saipan Better Now
By making this latter point Keane makes it clear that no matter how good the manager of the Republic of Ireland team is he will succeed despite the efforts of the FAI rather than because of the support that the organisation provides. In this shift of view he demonstrates an empathy with Mick McCarthy’s position back in 2002 in Saipan.
“I do look back every now and again and I had a fall-out with Mick over one or two issues … A manager has a lot on his plate. I realise that now I am a manager. When we look back to Saipan with Mick and the squad there, the manager has a lot on his plate in terms of the squad and his staff.
I think what he hopes will be organised, particularly by the association, are the facilities. I do know the manager needs to be on top of that, but he needs a little help …”
Not exactly an exoneration of Mick McCarthy by Roy Keane but the closest he has come, so far, to acknowledging that maybe he, Keane, had gone too far in heaping opprobrium on his former international playing colleague and manager.
But in customary Keane-fashion he has to be at war with someone and this time it’s John Delaney.
Keane at War with the Delaney Dynasty
Keane’s problems with Delaney began with his father, Joe Delaney. “We had our disagreements even when I was 15, 16, 17, going away. All my troubles would have started when I was 15 years of age, believe it or not, when I was told I was too small. Maybe I just had a thing, ‘I’ll show ye all’. I think his dad was running the show then, so it has just been passed on.”
Keane would like to see an end to the Delaney hegemony “I had my dealings with John Delaney and if he is the senior figure in the FAI then, I’ve said before, I don’t think that is good. Not the way he comes across.”
He was particularly unimpressed with the FAI request of FIFA to expand the number of clubs competing in the 2010 World Cup finals from 32 to 33.
“I was laughing, it was so stupid. And that was coming from the FAI. Where was the common sense there? How would that have worked? An extra team in one of the groups? Extra games? Do you not think they have the dates organised for years in advance? But someone once said common sense is not so common.”
And so it would appear that McCarthy has been substituted as Roy Keane’s bête noir by John Delaney.
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|Saipan Table of Contents||Roy Keane & Eamon Dunphy|
|Saipan Introduction||Roy Keane & Cork|
|Methodology||Keane’s Aversion to Being Away From Home|
|Saipan Conclusions||Roy Keane’s Relationship with Ireland|
|Roy Keane – Mick McCarthy Relationship||Roy Keane – Zenith Data Systems Cup|
|Roy Keane Version of Saipan Incident||Roy Keane – Jack Charlton Relationship|
|Mick McCarthy Version of Saipan Incident 1||Roy Keane’s Flawed Character|
|Mick McCarthy Account of Saipan Incident 2||Roy Keane’s Good Character|
|Niall Quinn Version of Saipan Incident||Roy Keane – Footballer|
|Jason McAteer Version of Saipan Incident||Roy Keane – Team Captain|
|Matt Holland Version of Saipan Incident||Roy Keane – Family Man|
|Roy Keane & Saipan – The Backdrop||Roy Keane & Faking Injury|
|Roy Keane & Saipan – The Issues||Roy Keane – Bad Boy|
|Keane / McCarthy Boston Row 1992||Roy Keane – Career Lows|
|Keane Misses Iran Playoff Game||Roy Keane – Red Cards|
|Keane Misses Niall Quinn Testimonial||Roy Keane – Cruciate Injury|
|Countdown to Saipan Incident||Roy Keane & Alf-Inge Haaland|
|Roy Keane Saipan Tirade at Mick McCarthy||Roy Keane & Gareth Southgate Red Card|
|Roy Keane / Tom Humphries Saipan Interview 1||Roy Keane & Alan Shearer Red Card|
|Keane / Humphries Saipan Interview 2||Roy Keane / Alex Ferguson Relationship 1|
|Roy Keane / Irish Times Saipan Interview 3||Roy Keane & Sir Alex Ferguson 2|
|Roy Keane / Paul Kimmage Saipan Interview 1||Roy Keane & Charity|
|Keane / Kimmage Saipan Interview 2||Roy Keane & Autobiography Contradictions|
|Roy Keane / Sunday Independent Saipan Interview 3||Roy Keane & Contradictions|
|Roy Keane / Tommie Gorman Interview 1||Roy Keane – Integrity|
|Roy Keane / Tommy Gorman Interview 2||Roy Keane – International Matches|
|Roy Keane / RTE Interview 3||Roy Keane – Football Record|
|FAI Involvement in Saipan Affair||Roy Keane & Sandwiches|
|Saipan Reaction of Irish Players||Roy Keane – Walker|
|Mick McCarthy – ‘crap player, crap manager’||Saipan – Pacific Island|
|Roy Keane / Mick McCarthy Playing Record||I Keano – The Musical|
|Colin Healy – Forgotten Man of Saipan||Roy Keane – Football Manager|
|Saipan Ten Years Later||Roy Keane’s Dog Triggs|
|Roy Keane’s Autobiography||Saipan Bibiliography|
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