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"Roy Keane punditry in a different class to Neville and Carragher" - John Giles

Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

06:04 24 Oct 2019


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Aside from the football on the Old Trafford pitch, the dynamic between Roy Keane and the other Sky Sports pundits caught John Giles' eye on Sunday.

Roy Keane was as forthright as ever alongside Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Jose Mourinho and Graeme Souness.

And Leeds and Ireland legend John appreciates Keane's candour and tell-it-as-it-is approach.

He joined us as always on a Thursday and touched on the match and the punditry dynamic.

"I think people want to hear him. He gives a voice to what he believes in and I think he's entertaining," said John.

"He does say what he believes. I wouldn't always agree with him but I'd respect what he says.

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"And I think when the situation calls for what he was great at, he's very, very good.

"When it comes to the actual analysis, I think he's not so good at that. But in the general play, [he's very good]."

Comparing Keane to the likes of Neville and Carragher, John prefers the former Man United and Ireland captain's approach.

"You're going to get the truth from him as he sees it in the way that he played himself," said John.

"And to be honest, I think he's in a different class to Gary Neville or Carragher. Definitely! Not so much for the analytical part of it, but for the straightforward, out, 'This is what should happen'.

"It might not be right but he'll say it as he sees it. And he says it in a very forceful way. So I think people watching it, myself included, like that."

John also likes the fact Keane challenges his counterparts' viewpoints.

"Generally speaking, unless Graeme Souness is there, there's nobody to challenge them," he said.

"Now when Roy Keane was on [for the Manchester Derby], he challenged Neville and Neville actually started laughing as if Roy was being funny. He wasn't being funny. He was absolutely right with what he was saying."

You can watch the full Thursday night football with John Giles below via YouTube:

Speaking of Roy Keane and Gary Neville, you can watch our recent Roadshow with the duo below in full:

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