Roy Keane’s intense mindset makes him a divisive pundit as he retains core values

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It can be difficult for players who've been out of the game to comment on its current state, but then again maybe its not.

Many of the pundits we see, be it on Sky, BT, ITV, have all achieved success, some of them more than others.

But what it took Alfredo Di Stefano to be a success in Europe back in 1955 and what it takes Joshua Kimmich in 2020 fundamentally remains the same.

Absolutely the game moves on, that's why we criticise people for not moving with it and why we have the phrase "yesterday's man".

Core values though remain the same and we are in danger of losing touch with certain elements of the game that have always rang true.

The finances in the game will always be cited but in reality players who are determined to achieve always will, regardless of their pay packet.

Roy Keane has not held back in his opinions
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One Roy Keane seems to divide opinion more than anyone else who comments on football. The man's credibility though cannot be questioned.

The Irishman, who won seven Premier League titles and a Champions League as well as captaining Manchester United, has not enjoyed the greatest managerial career.

Some claim, especially having seen him as a pundit, that his style doesn't lend itself to management. Everyone is different and perhaps Keane has struggled with players who don't have the win at all costs mentality he had.

When you listen to him on Sky though, whilst some of his points don't seem to be filtered and may hit hard with certain individuals, he's not often wrong with what he says.

Generations move on and there is a sense of caution with the current crop of players, you can't call out individuals like you once could.

You only need to see how players react to Jose Mourinho nowadays. Once hailed as the best man manager in the game, but when he went about his business he was doing so in an age where players responded. Now they perhaps don't.

Jose Mourinho has fallen foul of publicly challenging his players
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Motivation though remains as important as ever, like it always has, and managers are tasked with motivating their teams.

Keane though made an interesting point when he absolved coaches of having a duty to ensure their players are mentally prepared for a game.

"I never once looked at a coach in my career, going back to when I was 8 or 9 years of age, and said 'are you going to motivate me?'," he said.

"That comes from within you, your DNA, you background, what you stand for."

Lionel Messi has played under eight managers at Barcelona without dropping his level. Cristiano Ronaldo's numbers don't change from club to club or manager to manager.

David Silva was a class act under three different managers. Steven Gerrard drove Liverpool forward amid regime changes.

It certainly undoes the idea that players need to feel loved, a notion Keane also rejects.

Keane, when speaking about Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour, had no qualms with the riches that may soon be heading his way, again insisting success rested with the player.

The Irishman was relentless as a player
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He said: "If they lose the hunger and the money can do that. We played with players who were earning £200,000 or 300,000 a week and they still had that hunger.

"If he's a decent lad and from the right background, that won't distract him. Listen you're entitled to get the rewards of course – the money and hopefully the medals will come."

The idea of desire is an issue he's had with his former club, despite the fact they're managed by one of his former team-mates.

One midfield pairing that certainly would not end well is Keane alongside Paul Pogba. The Frenchman, who again looks set to leave Old Trafford, has allowed his agent to speak freely, or at least it would seem that way.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and those in the media, have defended the midfielder. His talent isn't in question, but what does that really mean? Not much to Keane if you go by comments he made recently.

He said: "You keep saying Pogba is talented, but that is no good without work rate and desire and hunger. I've watched him closely, the guy doesn't want to run."

Keane is cut throat, there is no denying that, but rarely does he take issue with world class players or even those who showcase the right methods.

Paul Pogba is one player he's taken issue with
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Leeds have been criticised, rightly or wrongly, for having an approach that regularly ships goals. Yet their high intense approach demands optimum effort for Marcelo Bielsa and has them well above fellow promoted sides West Brom and Fulham.

That a fact Keane was happy to point out. The man seems to think the right things are good and the wrong things are bad. Presenting that though has maybe been his issue.

By no means is the Irishman always right, he claimed he "didn't see" Manchester City winning the league back in October. Pep Guardiola's side are now gathering momentum and the favourites for some.

He told Liverpool to "forget winning trophies" back in 2018, shortly before they reached the Champions League Final, albeit after signing Virgil van Dijk, they then won it 12 months later.

Keane is no doubt a man of his time and that is probably why certain clubs won't entertain him as a potential manager. I doubt he'd be losing any sleep over that though.

In this day and age, for several big clubs whom are falling well below standards, having a bit of Roy Keane about them wouldn't go a miss.

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