Richard Keys embarrassed himself with astonishing Roy Keane comments 1 year ago

Richard Keys embarrassed himself with astonishing Roy Keane comments

"Peter Reid did what Roy Keane does."

Richard Keys has effectively confirmed that he doesn't really know a lot about football. Which is perfectly fine, as it's not Keys' job to be an expert on the sport. In his role as a presenter, he is tasked with asking the experts the right questions, to get them to share their views and experiences of competing at the top level of football.

However, Keys seems intent on sharing his half-baked opinions on the game and embarrassed himself in the process on Saturday afternoon.

On beIN Sports with Andy Gray and Jason McAteer, he spoke utter bollocks about Roy Keane's ability as a footballer.

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But underpinning these attributes was an excellent footballer, one of the best to have played in English and European football over the last 50 years.

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Keys hosted Sky Sports' football coverage throughout Keane's career at Nottingham Forest and Manchester United. But it seems as though he wasn't really paying attention.

Keys questioned whether the Irishman was a "great player" in the mould of Glenn Hoddle or a "creative type" - as though there is a singular definition of what makes a world class footballer.

McAteer then explained how he came to realise just how good Keane was.

"I would train with him for Ireland all the time, and I used to think he was bang average in training," the former Liverpool midfielder said.

"Then I remember Mick (McCarthy) putting me centre midfield, I don't remember who we were playing, but it was me and Roy in the middle of the park. After 90 minutes I came off and thought, 'I know what that's all about now. You give it away, he wins it back'.

"He demands the best from all the players. You were frightened of him. You were frightened not to give it away. He was top quality."

However, Keys continued to spew out verbal sewage. The Oracle of Doha compared Keane to former Everton midfielder Peter Reid and said Graeme Souness would "have had a pocket in his shorts for Keane."

In fairness to Gray and McAteer, they tried their best to educate Keys. But the presenter wouldn't budge.

You can watch him embarrass himself here: