Roy Keane Responds to Sir Alex Ferguson's Comments on Him
Longtime Manchester United captain Roy Keane and the club's former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who stepped away after last season to complete a legendary career at Old Trafford, still don't see eye to eye.
Speaking about comments made by Ferguson in his upcoming book, My Autobiography, Keane said he doesn't believe the boss ever learned about loyalty. It was a topic the two discussed often before drama led to the midfielder's exit in 2005.
Michael Cox of ESPN passed along the remarks:
Keane: "[Me and Ferguson] used to have a lot of conversations about loyalty - in my opinion he doesn't know the meaning of the word"— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) October 22, 2013
Keane also discussed Ferguson's willingness to talk about the players that helped him win trophies during a very successful stint with United:
The former United superstar felt the need to respond after Ferguson talked about the events that led up to the end of his stay with the club, including an interview with the Red Devils' television station that didn't sit well with the manager.
Owen Gibson of The Guardian provides the details of that disagreement and how Keane responded, which he said was frightening to see:
Ferguson had already told his captain the interview was a "disgrace" and a "joke". After they had watched the video, Van der Sar and Keane locked horns before the Irishman turned on his manager, accusing him of bringing his private life into the club with his dispute with the racehorse owner John Magnier over Rock of Gibraltar.
"The hardest part of Roy's body is his tongue," writes Ferguson. "What I noticed about him that day as I was arguing with him was that his eyes started to narrow, almost to wee black beads. It was frightening to watch. And I'm from Glasgow."
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The relationship reached a point where it couldn't be repaired and the sides went their separate ways. Even now, almost a decade later, it's clear the hard feelings still run deep despite the amount of success the pair had before things fell apart.
It doesn't come as a surprise that Keane felt the need to respond. These types of tell-all books tend to generate a lot of attention, especially when they shed light on tense moments like those involving the Irish international and his former manager.
All things considered, Keane handled the situation well by giving a measured response without escalating the verbal feud any further.
Only time will tell whether that will bring an end to the renewed rift, though.
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