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Keane is a proven leader; he captained Manchester United through some of their most successful years, managed Sunderland from second-bottom in the Championship and took them to the Premier League. And, well, let’s not talk about Ipswich.
Some cite the 1999 Champions League semifinal vs. Juventus as his finest ever moment in football. So he is not a stranger to doing a good job in Italy, always handy when you are the Pope.
There would be no churches in a state of disrepair, as Keane's a fan of top-notch facilities, if the Republic Of Ireland’s trip to the 2002 World Cup is anything to go by. Keane left the World Cup squad complaining that the facilities for Ireland on the island of Saipan were not up to standard, claiming the pitch was “like a car park”.
This led to a fall out with Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy, and according to Keane: The Autobiography, he told McCarthy:
Mick, you're a liar... you're a ******* ******. I didn't rate you as a player, I don't rate you as a manager, and I don't rate you as a person. You're a ******* ****** and you can stick your World Cup up your ****. The only reason I have any dealings with you is that somehow you are the manager of my country! You can stick it up your ********.
Which brings us to the point that, back in the day, Catholicism was about scaring people into living good lives free of sin. With Roy Keane at the helm, telling you what and what not to do, it would be scarier than learning to drive in New Delhi.
And finally, he can provide a strong, aggressive challenge to any tough issues. Especially if the tough issue accused him of feigning injury three and half years earlier.