Keane jokes about Vieira taking ITV punditry gig ahead of Euro 2020
Roy Keane jokes that old rival Patrick Vieira took ITV punditry gig for Euro 2020 because ‘he has just lost another job’… and admits ‘that’s why we’re all f***ing doing it!’ as he prepares to join up with former Arsenal foe in the studio
- Roy Keane has claimed Patrick Vieira is doing punditry because ‘he lost his job’
- Old rivals Keane and Vieira will be on the same team for ITV Sport this summer
- Keane joked ‘that’s why we’re all doing it’ when speaking on Vieira’s punditry gig
- Vieira left his role as manager of Ligue 1 side Nice at the end of last year
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
Roy Keane has claimed that Patrick Vieira’s decision to take on punditry duties at the Euros is because ‘he just lost another job’ as the Irishman prepares to welcome his old rival to the television studio this summer.
Keane and Vieira enjoyed one of the Premier League’s greatest rivalries during Manchester United and Arsenal’s enthralling battles for top spot in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The Irishman and his French counterpart famously clashed in the tunnel at Highbury Stadium and engaged in a fracas on the pitch as the pair attempted to guide their sides to the big trophies.
Roy Keane has joked Patrick Vieira has taken ITV punditry gig because ‘he has lost another job’
Keane and Vieira enjoyed an enthralling rivalry during their time with Man United and Arsenal
The strong-minded duo have put their differences aside since retiring from the professional game and will be on the same side this summer as they cast their views over all the action for ITV Sport.
And speaking on Sky Bet’s Micah and Roy’s Road to Wembley with Sportsmail’s Micah Richards and special guest Gary Neville, Keane opened up on his relationship with Vieira post-retirement.
‘Yeah he just panders to me, and that’s it,’ he joked.
Neville asks if Vieira is still coaching, to which Richards attempts to explain that he is out of work – having been sacked by Nice last year – only for Keane to interject.
Vieira has been announced as a pundit for ITV Sport’s coverage of the Euros this summer
Vieira has been out of work since losing his job at OGC Nice after being sacked last year
‘He just lost another job yeah. Why do you think he’s doing the punditry? He lost his job. That’s why we’re all f***ing doing it!’
Keane has taken to the TV studios and has not been involved in management since leaving Nottingham Forest as assistant to Martin O’Neill in 2019, while Neville has not returned to coaching since England’s exit from the Euros to Iceland in 2016.
Neville, Keane and Vieira will line up for ITV Sport for their coverage of this summer’s competition, while Richards will give his views on all the action on BBC Sport.
Keane also admitted to Richards that he is ‘very lucky’ to give his views on television every week, with a whole host of former players looking to forge a career in punditry.
Reflecting on their current relationship, Keane said that Vieira ‘just panders to me’
Gary Neville asked if Vieira is coaching and Keane provided an update on his job status
Keane joked that all pundits are working in TV because they lost their jobs as coaches
‘Do you know, we are very lucky Micah,’ he said. ‘Like you know, even the stuff we do with the TV, and there’s a lot of people desperate to get into that.
‘Bit of TV work, whatever it might be, punditry, and there’s more players obviously every year retiring. Desperate to get into it so you have got to stay ahead of the game or you’ll be left behind.’
When Richards suggest that they have become a double act, Keane retorts: ‘We are not Ant and Dec. I do my own thing, you do your own thing.’
Neville recommends that Richards takes his coaching badges, as it would give him a fresh insight into punditry, as Keane quips: ‘And by God do you need it.
Keane has not held a coaching job since leaving Nottingham Forest with Martin O’Neill in 2019
Likewise, Neville has not held a coaching role since leaving England after Euro 2016
‘And if you do your coaching badges and you want job security, don’t go to Salford. Go to a club with good owners,’ in a dig at Neville’s record of hiring and firing as owner of the League Two club.
Meanwhile, Neville believes England have a good chance of going all the way in the Euros this summer, as the former defender hailed Gareth Southgate as one of the best managers in international football.
‘I think they have got a very good chance with it being at Wembley and the home crowd if they can get the fans in. My big concern, I must admit, is the defence and the goalkeeper.
‘I do think they have got a great chance. Do you know something? I think we’ve got…and I’m not just saying this, I think we have got the best manager we could possibly have for an international team.
‘I think he understands football like the back of his hand. He understands tournaments, Gareth, I think he’s got massive experience in tournaments.’
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