DESPITE INSISTING HE was relaxed about the situation, Roy Keane issued typically scathing criticism of Alex Ferguson after the release of his autobiography today.
In the book, the former Manchester United boss said Keane ‘overstepped the mark’ with his never-broadcast MUTV interview criticising many of his team-mates in 2005.
In response, Keane insisted he was less concerned with the comments made towards him. Instead questioning Ferguson’s definition of loyalty.
“I’m okay, I’m quite relaxed,” he said in his punditry role on ITV.
“I remember having conversations with the manager when I was at the club about loyalty, and in my opinion he doesn’t know 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 have brought him a lot of success I find very, very strange – but I certainly won’t be losing any sleep over it.”
Asked about Ferguson’s comments on David Beckham – “the only player I managed who chose to be famous” – Keane reiterated his opinion that the Scot should be more thankful to his players who furnished his legacy.
“I don’t know how many books he’s written now, but you have to draw the line eventually and say these players have all been top servants to Man United and a lot of these players helped the manager win lots of trophies.
“Imagine if we never won a trophy what he would have said.
“We brought success to the club, we gave it everything we had when we were there. But, as I said, it’s just part of modern life; people like to do books and do books and criticise their ex-players.”
Keane’s fellow pundit Lee Dixon (before quipping that he didn’t understand books) said Keane should “write a book about the book.”
“Yeah, I’ll have to do another one,” the Corkman joked dryly.
Here’s a taster.