ROY KEANE has been slammed by Richard Keys and Andy Gray for “hammering everything” at his panditery.
The Manchester United legend has made a name for himself for his factual analysis of Sky Sports and ITV.
But in a joint interview with the Telegraph, Keys and Gray – who were fired from Sky in 2011 – criticized experts for being too harsh.
Keys said: “Not everything in football sucks. But that’s how it is when you watch British TV.
“I had this conversation with (Arsene) Wenger. He said to me: ‘Why is Sky spending £1.1bn on a three-year cycle of broadcasting rights and then spend that time destroying them?’
“He’s right. I don’t get it either. Had Andy or I offered a shred of the same criticism to the modern player, we would have been wary.”
Keys recalls Keane hitting him after the presenter criticized the Irishman’s reign as manager of Ipswich in 2008.
He said: “The guys who criticize were probably the most sensitive of their time.
“When he was manager at Ipswich, Roy hammered me. Now he’s on everyone’s wish list here because he comes and hammers everything else.”
Keys and Gray have been fired by Sky for making derogatory and sexist comments about assistant referee Sian Massey in a leaked tape.
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They now work for beIN Sports, which is based in Qatar, and Gray claimed he’s softer on polling.
He said: “We judge too quickly. Instead of beating players, I try to look for reasons why they might be struggling.
“Luckily I had a boss at Sky, Andy Melvin, who taught me: ‘Don’t just criticize, tell me why it’s bad and why it could be better.’
“Look at Harry Maguire being beaten up. And yet Manchester United paid £80million for him. So he can’t be hopeless.
“If I was having a bad day on the pitch I would look in the Sunday paper, see a three out of ten rating and that would be it.
“Now there will be memes about you all over the world.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6448884/man-utd-roy-keane-sky-sports-richard-keys-andy-gray/ Man Utd legend Roy Keane slammed for “hammering everything” in Sky Sports’ panditry of Richard Keys and Andy Gray