Former Nottingham Forest player and assistant manager Roy Keane has been inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
The new concept has been set up to laud some of the finest players to ever grace the top-flight of English football.
Keane arrived from Ireland in 1990 and signed terms with Nottingham Forest, then managed by the legendary Brian Clough.
In 154 appearances for the Reds, he scored 33 goals and caught the eye of Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
He moved to Old Trafford in 1993 and quickly became one of the Premier League’s very best central midfielders.
His move didn’t go down well with Clough. When quizzed on his potential move, he told The Guardian: “Keane’s being a greedy child. He’s like a kid who wakes up on Christmas morning and finds an apple, an orange a box of Smarties and 50p in his stocking. He wants more.”
Keane played 480 times for the Red Devils, winning seven league titles, four FA Cups and also claimed a medal for the famous Champions League win during 1998/99.
The 49-year-old has been named as the latest inductee into the Hall of Fame alongside former United teammate Eric Cantona.
Keane last worked in football during the 2018/19 campaign when he became the assistant manager at Forest.
He joined Martin O’Neill shortly after the former Reds winger agreed to replace Aitor Karanka as the new manager.
His time at the City Ground didn’t last long though. O’Neill was axed after just six months in charge, with Keane leaving shortly before that call was made.
How is Keane portrayed at Forest?
It’s difficult to say and it really does change from one supporter to the next.
Some can’t forgive him for leaving to join United at a time when Forest needed him.
On the flip side though, Keane was included in an all-time Forest eleven as part of the club’s anniversary – as voted for by supporters.
Plenty welcomed him back with open arms when he returned as the club’s assistant manager.
Sadly that particular episode didn’t quite go according to plan and his stay proved short-lived.
Few could argue his undoubted talent as a player, however, and he thoroughly deserved being recognised by the Premier League’s Hall of Fame.