Roy Keane has been a source of amusement and bemusement as part of ITV’s coverage of the World Cup.
The notoriously blunt Mayfield man hold back in his views, and nowhere was this more apparent than in his coverage of tonight’s tie between Iran and Spain.
Iran, under the stewardship of former Manchester United assistant boss, Carlos Queiroz, have surprised many at this year’s World Cup. Team Melli defeated Morocco last week, and are currently holding Spain to a draw, giving them a fighting chance of qualifying for the knockout phase.
While Keane is suitably impressed by the work Queiroz is doing with the relative minnows of the competition, he first expressed his regret at not “ripping his head off” during their second spell together at Old Trafford.
“The second spell when he came back [to Manchester United in 2004], for some reason I found him really disrespectful towards me, so we had a bit of a falling-out”, Keane told the studio.
“He questioned my loyalty and I told him where to go. . . .but an excellent coach, and he’s doing an excellent job it has to be said.”
Keane has written in the past about his run-ins with Queiroz in the lead-up to his acrimonious departure from Manchester United in 2005, including this excerpt from his second autobiography.
“He was just on my right shoulder; how I didn’t fucking hit him again – I was thinking, ‘The villa in Portugal, not treating me well in training – and he just used the word “loyalty” to me.”
“I said, ‘Don’t you fucking talk to me about loyalty, Carlos. You left this club after 12 months a few years ago for the Real Madrid job. Don’t you dare question my loyalty. I had opportunities to go to Juventus and Bayern Munich.”