Stan Collymore has written in his column for the Sunday People (28/04, Page 51) that Roy Keane’s presence might put people off joining Nottingham Forest in the summer.
The legendary Reds talisman mentioned the Forest assistant manager in his weekly column for the national publication.
Keane was deeply opinionated on his former club Manchester United’s woefully abject display against Manchester City in midweek. Collymore believes that his open-minded, no-nonsense tongue could deter players from moving to the City Ground in the summer.
He told the Sunday People: “I love Roy Keane and agree with a lot of what he says. I am not sure it is edifying to hear an active coach coating players on live television. If I was joining Nottingham Forest this summer, I’d be thinking twice over whether or not it was the right decision.”
Keane joined Martin O’Neill in the Forest dugout shortly after his January appointment.
The Seat Pitch Verdict
It’s difficult to grasp where Collymore is coming from with these strange comments on Keane’s opinionated nature.
Despite his ability to say what he thinks, Keane is a respected figure in terms of being one of the best midfielders of his generation.
If Forest are in the market to land any central midfielders this summer, they will look at Keane’s presence and be desperately keen to learn from the former great.
Some players might take opposition to Keane telling a few home truths. That said, who says he is the same on the training ground as he is in the studio?
Collymore is probably a little wide of the mark with saying players might not fancy working with Keane.