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Manager Mick McCarthy - Captain Roy Keane
Roy Keane played in 42.6% of soccer matches during Mick McCarthy's reign as manager of the Republic of Ireland team. He played in just over a quarter of the 27 friendly matches played while Mick McCarthy was the Irish football manager.
On average he only played in one friendly for each year of McCarthy's reign. Of the seven friendlies that he did appear in, four were in February and one was in March. On only one occasion during eight seasons did Keane play in a friendly match for McCarthy after the end of the English football season. That was in one match in the build up to the 2002 World Cup finals.
His first match for Brian Kerr on his return to International football after the Saipan incident was in an end of season friendly on 27th May 2004 against Romania.
Mick McCarthy - Republic of Ireland Record as Manager
Mick McCarthy - Record as Ireland Manager when Roy Keane Played
It is not surprising to discover that that the Republic of Ireland performed much better when Roy Keane was in the team. The Irish won a higher per centage of matches and had a lower loss ratio with the Irish captain on the soccer pitch. Ireland recorded a very impressive win ratio, in excess of 70%, during 2001 when the majority of the qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup were played. The only defeat that the Irish suffered in 2001 was in the Iran second leg playoff in Tehran - which Roy Keane missed.
* Roy Keane missed three competitive matches at the end of 1997 and three friendly matches in 1998 due to a cruciate ligament injury.
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