Horoscope persuaded Man Utd legend Roy Keane to take the plunge into punditry

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A horoscope persuaded Manchester United legend Roy Keane to take the plunge into punditry.

After hanging up his boots in 2006 the former midfielder transitioned straight into a coaching career and soon took charge of Sunderland, who he rejected a return for recently.

Having ended his spell at the Stadium of Light in December 2008 he was appointed Ipswich Town manager.

That didn’t go well, though, and left Keane, who is now one of, if not the best pundit, at a crossroads in his life.

It was at this point that a message, supposedly from space, prompted a shift in careers.



Ipswich manager Roy Keane during the Coca-Cola Championship match between Ipswich Town and Newcastle United at Portman Road Stadium on September 26, 2009
Roy Keane was at a crossroads after being sacked by Ipswich Town

Speaking at Sky Sports’ The Overlap Live, the 50-year-old said: “I was never that bothered about it.

“When you’re playing, you’re in the zone and I never took too much notice of what people were saying.

“I kind of just fell into it really when I just left Ipswich.

“United were in the Champions League final at Wembley (in 2011) and ITV got in touch asking if I would do a game.

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Sky Sports television pundit Roy Keane holds the microphone before the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on October 3, 2021
Keane is now one of the best pundits around but previously hated the idea

“I was in my house in Ipswich thinking ‘will I, won’t I?’

“This is true, I think it was the Monday, a few days before the final, and they wanted an answer quickly.

“I read my horoscope that day and it said ‘you can’t keep saying no to people’ so I said ‘I’ll do it’.”

“I don’t mind just giving my opinion and then going home.”



Gareth Southgate, Patrick Vieira, Adrian Chiles, Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane in an ITV line-up for Euro 2012
The Man United legend accepted ITV’s offer because of his horoscope

Keane went on to accept the offer of working for ITV on United’s clash with Barcelona.

The following year he was a part of their Euro 2012 line-up and has continued to be a regular on their coverage ever since while also joining Sky in 2019.

That’s despite the fact that he once said he would “rather go to the dentist” than be a pundit.