Roy: I'd rather starve than manage City

By Carl MarstonROY Keane would never consider managing one of his rival clubs, which rules out the likes of Manchester City, Newcastle, Rangers and of course Norwich City!Keane believes that Mark Hughes, his former team-mate at Manchester United, should never have taken the managerial job at arch rivals Manchester City.

By Carl Marston

ROY Keane would never consider managing one of his rival clubs, which rules out the likes of Manchester City, Newcastle, Rangers and of course Norwich City!

Keane believes that Mark Hughes, his former team-mate at Manchester United, should never have taken the managerial job at arch rivals Manchester City. That's his personal opinion.

Keane has every sympathy with Hughes, who lost his job last weekend, but it is not a role that the Irishman would ever have considered.

"I can comment on Mark Hughes, because I knew him as a player," explained Keane.

"In my opinion, you should show loyalty to your club and not go to their rivals. But that's my opinion.

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"I would have nothing to do with them (Manchester City), having been involved so long with Manchester United. And Sparky (Hughes' nickname) was a great player for Manchester United.

"I used to manage Sunderland, so it's not going to happen for me to try and get involved with Newcastle United. It's very hard to go to the rivals.

"In fact, I'd rather go hungry! I know that some have (gone to Manchester City), like (Andrew) Cole, (Peter) Schmeichel and Brian Kidd.

"I just think that Mark Hughes is better off out of it. I'll certainly never get involved with City.

"To me, the most natural thing in the world is to show loyalty to my team," added Keane.

Just in the Championship alone, a remarkable 12 managers have already lost their jobs since Keane himself was appointed Town boss last April.

Town owner and chairman, Marcus Evans, has always shown faith in Keane, despite the club's dreadful start to the campaign.

Town are now unbeaten in 10 games, and travel to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.

Keane continued: "You have to count your blessings when you're working, but then you can't be fearful of losing your job either.

"Hopefully, Sparky is now lying on a beach somewhere with his family, because your family are No. 1. They are the ones waiting for you.

"It's unfortunate that he lost his job. The results weren't bad, but you don't know what's going on in the background sometimes. I've learnt that.

"Everyone wants results straight away, yesterday, but it takes time to break into the top four or five.

"It has taken Martin O'Neill two or three years at Aston Villa for him to bring together the squad that he wants.

"I have a two-year contract at Ipswich, so judge me after that,"

concluded Keane.

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