Roy Keane’s conduct towards players in a management capacity has been a major talking point in what should have been a low-key early international break for Ireland.
His heated row with Harry Arter led to the Cardiff loanee withdrawing from selection for this week’s internationals against Wales and Poland.
The dispute also involved Jon Walters, who has previous with Keane when the latter was manager of Ipswich Town. Now, another fallout has come to the fore, this time at Sunderland.
At the Stadium of Light, Keane steered Sunderland to the Premier League in the 2006-07 season, and it was in November of that campaign that Irishman Liam Lawrence ran afoul of the fiery Corkman.
Discussing the latest Ireland furore on Sky Sports News (via John Murphy), the winger recounted his own experience of the Mayfield version of the ‘hairdryer’.
“We had a training ground bust-up on the Thursday,” said Lawrence. “By the Friday, I was on my way down to Stoke.
“I suffered some of those words he’s using there as well, but about twenty more times. I literally left the next day and I was never seen again. That was me done.”
Liam Lawrence is doing Roy Keane no favours on Sky Sports. pic.twitter.com/JVkA4ptYma
— John Murphy (@JohnMurphy_Jr) September 11, 2018
“Those words” refer to Keane allegedly calling Arter a “prick”, and a “wanker” among other more unprintable insults. Keane gave his own version of what went down in his book ‘The Second Half’, where he admits to being physically confrontational.
Martin O’Neill has defended Keane to the hilt thus far, but this saga is a long way from being finished.