Jon Walters wonders why anyone listens to Roy Keane anymore after the former Ireland captain made controversial comments about him earlier this week.
The pair have a strained relationship dating back to Keane’s spell as manager of Ipswich and Walters subsequent exit from the club in 2010.
More recently, it was highly documented that the pair had an argument in Ireland camp in May 2018 before a friendly with France.
Speaking at an Off The Ball event this week, Keane let it be known what he thought of Walters.
“Imagine if Jon won a trophy. He talks a good game. He goes on the TV, on about how he was harshly treated by me. Not kicking a ball for Burnley for two or three years.
“On TV, crying about his family situation. You know, how about lying low for a while, taking it easy? Have a look at his medals. Wouldn’t take long. Ironically, two or three years ago when his career was coming to the end, he went to Ipswich on loan. I was laughing my head off.”
The former Ireland assistant was met with criticism following his comments on Walters’ family situation with the recently retired player responding earlier today on BBC’s Football Focus.
“Honestly I don’t know why people listen to what he has to say. I didn’t want to particularly go on TV to talk about it. It all came from an interview I did a few years ago with Henry Winter. He caught me by surprise and I broke down.
“I was mentally tough as a player and had never broken down. He got me to another place. There were thousands of responses to that.
“I had a terrible last year. Someone got wind of it and I got asked to speak about it. Because of the previous responses, I went down that route.
“It’s up to someone if they want to take it down that route but it doesn’t bother me one single bit. Obviously, I bother him but he doesn’t bother me one bit. I don’t know why people take notice most of the time.
“I was trying to help other people. It’s hard to get back to everyone on social media. From 16-year-old boys and girls to 80-year-olds.
“As an ex-player, you have a certain media platform. Rather than use it to try self-promote or have digs at people, it is more to help people.”
When asked if he’d be open to making up with Keane, Walters insisted he wasn’t one to hold a grudge.
“I’ve never been a person to hold grudges. There’s plenty of things I could say or moves I could make. I always give an honest, a straight answer when asked the question.
“It happened at Ipswich and I approached him in the Ireland camp to make up but each person is unique. We’ll see down the line.”