Keane snubs Redknapp! Spurs striker says Celtic chief Strachan is the best

18 March 2009 09:50

striker Robbie Keane knows a thing or two when it comes to managers having played under 19 of them in 12 years.

Rafa Benitez, Giovanni Trapattoni, Terry Venables and current Spurs boss Harry Redknapp have all had a go a guiding Keane's career.

But for the Ireland international, Gordon Strachan is head and shoulders above them all.

Positive sign: Strachan (left) and Keane are all smiles at Highfield Road in 1999


chief Strachan signed a 19-year-old Keane for Coventry in 1999 after paying Wolves £6million - a then British record for a teenager.

Keane rewarded Strachan with 12 goals in 31 games before moving to Inter Milan but the Scot left a lasting impression.

'My time at Coventry was very important. I got to work with Gordon Strachan, the best manager I have ever played for. He is a fantastic man-manager who has always known how to get the best out of a player,' said Keane.

Moved on: Keane has joined up with Redknapp after splitting with Benitez (left)

Keane, who returned to Spurs in January after a disappointing spell at Liverpool, believes things would have been different at Anfield if Benitez had not been in charge.

The 28-year-old told Icon magazine: 'Of course I wish it had gone differently, but I have no regrets.  I do believe with a different manager it would have worked for me, but different managers have different methods and some have different ideas than those you are used to or believe in.

Leading by example: Captain Keane has been in fine form back at the Lane

'People have their own opinions of Benitez. I have nothing against him and will leave people to make their own minds up about him.

'When you've been around for a while as a player, all you want is a bit of respect and to be treated the way you feel you deserve to be.' 

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Source: Daily_Mail