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Last Updated: Monday, 12 June 2006, 13:34 GMT 14:34 UK
Reaction to Keane's retirement

Roy Keane
Keane had a turbulent career

Roy Keane has announced his decision to retire from professional football on medical grounds following a long-standing hip injury.

Former colleagues, managers and fans have been queueing up to pay tribute to the 34-year-old, who finished his career at Celtic after a glittering career at Manchester United.


Celtic manager Gordon Strachan
Roy Keane is one of the greatest ever players to grace the game of football.

It was fantastic that we were able to bring him to Celtic and it has been a privilege to work with him.


Eamon Dunphy - Keane's biographer
He will be remembered as a great footballer and a very charismatic, candid and intelligent man - quite a unique figure.

He has taken his coaching qualifications and he would be a great coach and manager. He has all the qualities for the job. He was Sir Alex Ferguson's enforcer on the field at Manchester United, his leader.

He had turbulent periods in his life. He's an extremely candid man and that can land you in bother from time to time.

But when the smoke of the controversies fade away, a great career of a great Irish footballer will be remembered.


Paul Parker, former Man Utd colleague
He was one of the best captains Manchester United have ever had, alongside, or maybe ahead, of Bryan Robson.

When he came to United he was loud and said what he thought - he didn't care what he said to anybody but when you could play the way he could, the players put up with the other side to him.


Peter Rafferty, press officer Celtic Supporters' Club
I am surprised and disappointed by the news. Obviously he had a genuine problem with his hip and we understood that.

Over 30,000 fans went to to his testimonial at Old Trafford a few weeks back so that tells you what we thought of him.


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Barry O'Loughlin

Etoo n Belletti - 606 messageboards
To call him a legend is an insult to football and the true legends and gents that went before him.


Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell
Clearly, everyone hoped that we could have enjoyed watching Roy at Celtic for one more season.

However, given the medical advice which he has received, Roy feels this is the only option available to him.

While we are disappointed, it is important that Roy's health comes first and we fully respect the decision which he has made.


Rob from Fife calling in to Five Live Sport
I just want to thank Roy Keane for coming to Celtic. The guy's a Celtic fan and it was great fun having him play for us.

All the first team players raved about Roy Keane's attitude and his professionalism raised our whole level for last season.


'Dictator 606 Host' - 606 messageboards
As an Arsenal supporter, Roy Keane was not always my favourite player but that said he was a winner and gave everything he had when he was on the pitch.

Players like that don't come along often and most of them today are more worried about how they look and how much they can earn rather than helping their team win matches.


SDLP leader Mark Durkan, MP for Foyle, N Ireland
Roy Keane was the best midfielder of his generation for Manchester United and Ireland alike. He gave his all in every game he played - and demanded as much from his team-mates.

He was a fearless and peerless leader on the pitch, a gifted and passionate professional who inspired and entertained over many years.

SEE ALSO
Roy Keane's career in photos
12 Jun 06 |  Photo Galleries
Keane's spats and silverware
12 Jun 06 |  Man Utd


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