Notoriously down former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane has explained that he has no interest in forgiving his former boss Alex Ferguson.
Ferguson essentially sacked Keane when the then 34-year-old captain of the side criticised Rio Ferdinand and a collection of other players who were turning in inconsistent performances but still demanding the earth (remind you of anyone at Old Trafford now?).
Keane had also correctly pointed out that Ferguson obsessing over the stud rights of the Rock of Gibraltar racehorse was distracting from his managerial abilities, and argument that ultimately resulted in the Glazers taking over at Old Trafford, welcomed by Ferguson to escape the probing Coolmore limelight.
Anyway, enough padding and more quotes.
Keane said to Off the Ball:
“I wouldn’t forgive Ferguson. The media spin, how I apparently upset everybody, it was all nonsense.
“People talk about Ferguson’s man-management. Nonsense. People said he always had the best interests of Manchester United at heart. Darren Ferguson [Alex’s son] won a medal. He was very lucky.”
“His brother was the chief scout for Manchester United for a long time.
”I’m surprised his wife wasn’t involved in the staff somewhere.
”Darren was [the manager] at Preston North End and lost his job.
”He had a couple of young players on loan from Manchester United. Guess what happens the next day?
”They’re pulled out of Preston. Is that doing the best for Manchester? Do me a favour.”
He went further: “People talk about Ferguson’s man-management, don’t be kidded on by all of it.
”I was at the club when Bryan Robson left, when Steve Bruce left, two brilliant servants for Manchester United.
”And I didn’t like the way they were treated.”
While Keane is usually right about most things, this isn’t really going anywhere, is it?