He is on the record as saying he ‘loves Inishowen’ but David Moyes’s old friend at the Ballyliffin Lodge hotel, Sean Keogh isn’t sure if the new Manchester United manager will be making it back to the peninsula any time soon.
Asked if the ‘man of the moment’, appointed to the most prestigious job in British football yesterday evening on a massive six year contract with a multi million salary, was expected this summer Mr.Keogh replied: “I couldn’t possibly comment on that’, before adding with a laugh “if we’re booked out we mightn’t have a room for him’
Yesterday too local councillor, Ballyliffin born Michael Grant said Moyes appointment was a ‘brilliant boost’ for the area.
“David Moyes has visited this area a couple of times. He had plenty of options to visit places right across the globe and the fact that he choose to come here is a great vote of confidence in this area.”
During his visit last summer Moyes told the ‘Journal’: “This is my second time here and although my mother is from across the water at Portrush I’ve only ever been here once before, but then when Sean and (wife) Mary asked me to come over I jumped at the chance.”
Speaking yesterday Sean Keogh explained that he first got to know the new Old Trafford boss when he (Sean) and a few friends bought into the football club, Preston North End,
“Moysie was the captain then, and he later became the manager. He was a genuinely nice fella with real talent and you could see even then he would be going places.”
But the connections don’t end there; some years later Moyes bought Sean and Mary’s former house in ‘the north-west’ of England - Sean doesn’t want to give the exact location.
Moyes talked to the Journal about this too during his last visit: “At the time I was buying their house they said to me you’ve got to come to Ballyliffin, so I was delighted to come and we’ll probably keep coming as the Guinness is very good and the golf is even better. I love it here. I’ve enjoyed my time here very much.”
Asked for his views on Moyes’s appointment yesterday Sean Keogh is adamant that the Scot is the right man for the United job: “I’m certain this is the job he has always cherished. If you are a professional at this level who wouldn’t want the top job in the game - and managing Manchester Utd is the top job.”
He concluded: “We all wish him well.
“And we do hope to see him back here soon!”