Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has given his take on why Roy Keane has not had the same success as a manager as he did as a player, in an interview with The Set Pieces.
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The Sky Sports pundit, who played with Keane at United and also under him when the Irishman took charge of Sunderland, believes there may be too much demand on being personable as a manager.
Keane has a reputation for being a difficult character and has mad many high-profile fall-outs in his career, and Yorke feels this held him back from succeeding in the every day life of managing at club level.
He does, however, feel the former Republic of Ireland captain could transfer his skills well to coaching at international level, where the same level of full time commitment is not required.
“What I take from Roy Keane apart from him being a great leader in his playing days – is that maybe he found club management difficult at times,” he said.
“You have to be involved with people everyday, from all levels of the club, and I don’t think that’s really in his make up! He’s not the most people person is he? As a manager you’re going from the youth level, to the board of directors, to the canteen, to the groundsmen, and you have to be involved and interact with everybody! I’m sure Keano would tell you that that he’s not the best person for all that, so, that was probably one of his downfalls.
“However, I do feel that international management is perfect for him. He’s not there every day, he can go walk his dog like he likes to do, he can go and watch different games, it’s much more free.”
Speaking about other managers he’s worked with, Yorke added how much of an influence Sir Alex Ferguson was for him at Old Trafford.
“Having the opportunity to work under Sir Alex, it was the best thing I could have ever done. He taught me so much. He taught me not only to win football matches but to be ruthless in doing so,” he said.
“The hunger and desire in all of those players, even in training, was like ‘Woah!’ – you literally could not let up for a second.”