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Ex-Ipswich star Pablo Counago hits back at 'coward' Roy Keane

The Ireland assistant boss called the striker “dead lazy” in his latest autobiography

Counago and Keane fell out during their time together at Ipswich.
Counago and Keane fell out during their time together at Ipswich.

FORMER IPSWICH TOWN forward Pablo Counago has called Roy Keane “a coward” over the criticism in his latest autobiography.

In his new book, The Second Half, Keane branded Counago “dead lazy” and admitted that he “nearly physically attacked” the Spanish forward after an argument during his time as Ipswich manager.

Counago, who now plays for FC Honka in Finland, believes Keane was “a complete mess as a football manager” and says the former Manchester United captain is making a “sad ending” to his career.

“I could say lots of awful things about him but I don’t feel right speaking about him, I feel sorry for him. That’s why whatever he says about me I don’t take offence, even though he’s not telling the truth about me,” Counago told

“It seems like he needs to criticise players, managers and directors to keep selling books as he is not able to do anything else in football. It is a very sad ending for a person that was so big as a player.

“As I told him once, I think he is a complete mess as a football manager. As he has said in his book, he wanted to hit me, but behind his appearance there’s a coward.

“I just hope he can find happiness in his life as, in my opinion, being that miserable must be very mentally draining.”

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