Donncha takes us on a very personal journey through his retirement from the game – from the emotional impact of leaving behind your team mates and routine to the harsh reality of pay day without the pay. He meets up with some sporting heroes, both here and abroad, who have gone before him to find out what life is like on the other side including fellow Cork man and former Irish soccer international and coach, Roy Keane.
Roy Keane tells Donncha O’Callaghan about taking out his bins and driving his kids to school
Roy Keane: “I did an interview a few years ago and some guys asked me who puts my bins out and I said ‘I’ve to put my bins out…living a normal life…I’ve offered my young fella a few bob but he won’t do it so there’s things you have to do and drive the kids to school and I’m stuck in traffic going like is this my life”.
Roy Keane on his fitness regime
“I like to get up early, I like to do some sort of physical exercise but I wouldn’t be going to the gym or going cycling or swimming or joining clubs or lifting weights or anything like that. I think that was great, it was part of my life and I was passionate about that but I just found passion for other things now…I’ve done my time….I see people out cycling …. I look at people about 20 stone out cycling and like what’s the point in you cycling …I still have that mind-set forgetting the fact that maybe they enjoy it”
Roy Keane chatting about his plans when he first retired
“My plan when I first stopped was we’re going to go on some family trips, we’re going to be like The Waltons …we’re all going to spend time together, go walk in the park and after a month or two they didn’t have the same plans as me so I think they were kind of missing me going to work…got offered a job at Sunderland and I was away on a family holiday and my family we looking at me…not saying it directly but going we kind of enjoy your company but not too much of it so when the job came back up they were saying you should go for it!”
Donncha O’Callaghan: Game Over: True Lives airs on Virgin Media One this Friday night, 01st February at 10.30pm.