Joe Brolly launches rant at Roy Keane and labels Man Utd legend 'a bore'

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Joe Brolly has hit out at Roy Keane, claiming the Manchester United legend shouldn't be rated among the greatest captains of all time. All-Ireland winner Brolly labelled the former Republic of Ireland captain a "bore".

Chatting on his Free State Podcast alongside Dion Fanning, Brolly was adamant that the former midfielder does not deserve a place on any list celebrating legendary team leaders, going so far as to reference Keane's infamous falling out with the national side at Saipan.

Brolly stated: "I think that his lack of humility disqualifies him from this top tier. You know his behaviour with the Irish team, which was a disgrace, whenever he was the key man. We're not relitigating it (Saipan) [and] what he did with Manchester United at the end."

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He didn't stop there, touching on Keane's relative peacemaking with the press over the years.

Brolly added: "And the fact that no one is more cosy with the media now than Roy. I mean Roy would take donkey rides drinking a diet Coke now if he was going to be paid enough for it and no one has more fully embraced the media than Roy."

The former Derry star then compared Keane to Dublin legend Stephen Cluxton in terms of leadership style.

"One of the things about all the top guys, the guys who really stuck it out and were there until the bitter end for their team was that they had no interest in that," reports the Irish Mirror.

"As far as they were concerned that was like 'What is that? ' They didn't even understand it. [Stephen] Cluxton going into the dressing room after Dublin winning the All-Ireland instead of parading around the pitch. I mean 'what's the point of doing all that stuff like, it's all over now, we'll start again next year'.

"Take it away from that stuff that we know all about already about Roy Keane and stuff, who I think, I have to say, is a bit of a bore. I don't in any way hold for when this starts 'Oh wait until you hear what Roy Keane said'. It's the same old stick all the time. Genuinely I think he is a bore. I don't think he has very much to say.

"He's only funny because he's in with all those real bores. It's a bit like the priest telling a joke. Everybody laughs because it's such an unfunny place and you're not used to it."

Brolly added: "That absolute devotion to your teammates is something that for example your friend Roy Keane didn't have, never had. As long as everything was going well and was going the way he wanted, well then they were great, there was no problem with them.

"But aside from that, Roy set himself apart all the time. Even the way he talks in the studio, even the way he talks about Gary Neville and all his old teammates, he sets himself apart."

"What these great leaders always did was they made themselves invisible in the middle of their group. You ever hear Stephen Cluxton criticise a Dublin player? Did you f***."

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