"They showed him some of it" – Brett Goldstein addresses rumours his Ted Lasso character Roy Kent is based on Roy Keane

Roy Keane
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Few Premier League fans who have watched hit AppleTV+ comedy Ted Lasso will have failed to make one clear comparison. 

The character Roy Kent, played by one of the show's writers, Brett Goldstein, is clearly an homage to former Manchester United and Ireland captain Roy Keane. Kent is a hard-man player turned curmudgeonly pundit and coach. He takes no nonsense, doesn't like modern players being flash and isn't afraid to ruffle some feathers. And if that isn't enough, even his name is similar. 

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Ed McCambridge
Staff Writer

Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Favourite FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.