Roy Keane consulted his horoscope before deciding whether to take up ITV punditry offer
Roy Keane says he checked his horoscope before deciding whether or not to become a TV pundit.
The Ireland assistant manager was given just 15 minutes by ITV to decide if he’d like to join their punditry team for the Champions League final against Barcelona in 2011.
Keane told the Irish Independent that he consulted the stars for his answer, with the horoscope telling him to ‘stop saying no to things.’
"There'd always been offers and I'd always said no," he says. "But I was offered the Champions League final between United and Barcelona at Wembley. I really wanted to see the match but didn't want to be bothering anyone for tickets.
"ITV got in touch through my lawyer on the Wednesday. They called at 11.45am and said they needed an answer by 12pm.
"In that 15 minutes, I looked at my horoscope and it said something like, 'You can't keep saying no to things.' So I said yes."
Keane has since become a regular on ITV, often appearing with Irish boss Martin O’Neill, but insists that he is not the next Alan Hansen.
"I don't intend to be doing it for years," he says. "I'm sure a lot of people say they'll do it for a year and end up doing it for 15 or 20. But my first priority is working with Martin and the team."