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'Poisonous atmosphere' and training ground row led to Roy Keane's Villa exit, according to Daily Mail

Fabian Delph warned Keane: “‘Don’t try to f****** mug me off.”

Paul Lambert on the bench with then assistant Roy Keane.
Paul Lambert on the bench with then assistant Roy Keane.
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ROY KEANE AND England striker Gabby Agbonlahor almost came to blows on the Aston Villa training pitch, according to the Daily Mail today.

That row as well as an argument with Fabian Delph contributed to a poisonous atmosphere amongst Paul Lambert’s set-up and ultimately contributed to the Corkman’s departure last month, they report.

‘The atmosphere was horrible. It went downhill the moment Keane arrived. He pissed off all the big names he shouldn’t have pissed off and his relationship with the senior players slowly fell apart,” reporter Chris Wheeler quotes one source as saying.

“There was so much gloom about the place every time he turned up. When he went there was just a feeling of euphoria and relief.”

Agbonlahor reportedly took offence when Keane interrupted a discussion he was having with manager Lambert. While three Lions midfielder Delph warned Keane at one stage: “‘Don’t try to fucking mug me off.”

The Ireland assistant boss quit on 28 November citing the issue of balancing his FAI job with that of the Premier League club.

Read the full report here

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