Roy v Aidy: How they shape up

A COMPARISON between Roy Keane and Aidy Boothroyd:

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A COMPARISON between Roy Keane and Aidy Boothroyd:


Age: 38

Born: August 10, 1971, in Cork

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Position as player: midfielder

Clubs as player: Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest, Manchester United and Celtic

Honours: 1 Champions League, 7 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 1 Scottish Premier League

Playing career: 1989 to 2006

Manager: Sunderland (2006-08), Ipswich (2009-)

Accolade: took Sunderland from 23rd spot to the Championship title in 2006-07

Style of management: High profile. Very honest and plain-speaking, though can seem aloof to outsiders.


Age: 38

Born: February 8, 1971, in Bradford

Position as player: full-back

Clubs as player: Huddersfield Town, Bristol Rovers, Hearts, Mansfield, Peterborough United

Honours: none

Playing career: 1989 to 1998 (retired at age of 26 due to injury)

Coaching career: at Norwich, West Brom and Leeds

Manager: Watford (2005-08), Colchester (2009-)

Accolade: won promotion to the Premier League in his full season at Watford, beating Leeds in the play-offs

Style of management: Lower profile. Very approachable. Had a reputation for playing the long ball game at Watford.