Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has condemned Sir Alex Ferguson for releasing his autobiography and criticising a number of former United players, including Keane, the
Ferguson’s book tells the story of the breakdown in his relationship with Keane, who captained United to many of their successes in the 1990s and 2000s, only to abruptly leave the club in November 2005 after 12 years at Old Trafford. In that time Keane won seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League.
But Ferguson revealed how the pair argued over the manager’s involvement with the race horse, Rock of Gibraltar, and the effect on the club of Ferguson’s falling out with the horse’s owners, and did so in front of the rest of the players. The row came after the squad viewed Keane’s infamous interview with MUTV, in which the former Republic of Ireland international laid into his teammates in a manner Ferguson found unacceptable.
Ferguson wrote in his autobiography that it was decided Keane had to leave the club after that interview, as he had assumed the responsibilities of the manager, with Ferguson describing Keane’s conduct in the interview as a “disgrace.” Ferguson was backed in his decision by the club’s owners, the Glazer family, and Keane later joined Celtic in January 2006.
Speaking on ITV, where Keane is employed as a pundit and was covering Arsenal’s Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund, he replied: “I’m OK, I’m quite relaxed,” when asked for his response to Ferguson’s words. “I do remember having conversations with the manager when I was at the club about loyalty,” Keane continued. “In my ¬opinion, I don’t think he knows the meaning of the word.
“It doesn’t bother me too much what he has to say about me but to constantly criticise other players at the club who brought him a lot of success, I find very very strange but I certainly won’t be losing any sleep over it. I don’t think the manager needs to do that.”
The Telegraph adds that while relations between the pair improved a little and they agreed not to publically discuss their disagreements, Ferguson felt Keane betrayed his word in a newspaper interview in 2011. Ferguson was also critical of Keane’s record as a manager, having struggled at both Sunderland and Ipswich Town.
Keane added: “I’m not sure how many books he has written now but he has to draw the line eventually to say these players have all been top servants to Manchester United and a lot of these players helped the manager win lots of trophies. Can you imagine if we had never won any trophies what he would have said?
“We brought success to the club, we gave it everything we had when we were there. It’s just part of modern life. People like to do books and criticise their ex-players.”
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