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Bobby McMahon

Bobby McMahon

You can see me on Soccer Central most Mondays and Thursdays on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. I write a regular column for and and frequently guest on various podcasts and radio shows.


Documentary Shows That Roy Keane May Never Move On While Patrick Vieira Already Has

Written by on December 15, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Arsenal, Manchester United

Last week, the UK broadcaster ITV aired a documentary “Keane and Vieira: The Best of Enemies.” The program looked at the intense and often brutal rivalry between Manchester United and Arsenal from the arrival of Arsene Wenger to Highbury in 1996 through to Arsenal lifting the FA Cup in 2005 after beating Manchester United in a penalty kick decider.

Manchester United and Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are often considered clashes where sparks and red cards are likely to fly but games between.. to read more please click on the link.

2 responses to “Documentary Shows That Roy Keane May Never Move On While Patrick Vieira Already Has”

  1. Ed Gomes says:

    Keane is a quiter, who left a club without a manager when the going got tough.

    Bobby, the following news really caught my eye.

    Some interesting news out of FIFPro.
    “FIFPro has announced that it is launching a legal challenge against the transfer system, claiming the current FIFA regulations “impede the players’ freedom to move.”

    The following quote is what raised my eyebrows;

    “The union argues that clubs who lose young players are claiming compensation “at much higher levels than cost incurred.”

    Basically, they are stating that clubs are overcharging for players transfer fees on players that they’ve brought up through their system. Meaning the costs incurred don’t come near to the amount charged.
    FIFPro is failing to state the money lost on the players that didn’t make it, and the cost into finding said players.

    What is interesting is that such a statement should cause clubs to go out and buy talent instead of growing it, since they would get a better return on investment. Yes, the Barca’s and clubs of the like, could develop and keep that developed talent, but countries that depend on transfer fees, this could be a blow to the domestic market.

    I’m appalled that there’s clubs not paying players. These clubs knew the contracts that they gave, and it’s inexcusable that they’re allowed to operate. This happens a lot in Spain, and there seems to be no repercussions.

    The following is also startling;

    “Thousands of players worldwide are not paid on time, or not at all, while 28 percent of the global transfer market (an estimated $750 million annually) is paid to agents and lost to the game. Something is not right with this picture.”

    – Aren’t the players the one’s that hire the agents to negotiate contracts. Are they going after the “Financial Groups” that are buying percentage of players fro clubs?

    I know that they’re looking to overhaul the transfer market in general, but we’ll see what happens.


  2. John Bladen says:

    “The tone set in his book written over ten years ago echoes – every incident comes with a reason and built-in rationale, no insult perceived or real is forgotten and an ability to take often contradictory positions when confronted with essentially the same facts is not a problem.

    When others do something it is wrong; when Roy does it it is for good reason.”

    Yep, well said. And that’s exactly why despite being a great player, I always felt he’d never be a capable manager. It was never about the team, it was about him.

    Thanks for the YT link Bobby, looking forward to watching the program.

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