Jason McAteer has hit back at Roy Keane following his controversial comments about Jon Walters claiming that he was disappointed by some of the things his former Irish teammate said.
Keane made headlines last week during an Off The Ball roadshow when he hit out at Walters, appearing to criticise his appearance on the Late Late Show earlier this year where the former striker spoke in depth about the tragedies in his personal life.
His comments have received mixed views and further add fire to the feud between the two players which seemed to begin during their time at Portman Road and continued into their dealings together with the Irish national team.
Keane also hit out at Stephen Ward and Harry Arter as well as McAteer who he claimed was “living off” the goal he scored for Ireland against Holland in a 2001 World Cup qualifier.
Speaking to Talksport on Friday, McAteer was another former player to come out and condemn Keane’s comments towards Walters outlining that it was poor given the ex-Irish striker’s work as an advocate for mental health.
“We all know Roy, he says what he wants and that’s why he’s box office because he says it how he thinks,” said McAteer.
“It’s very watchable at times, but unfortunately I do feel he lets himself down with the comments he makes about other players and I was disappointed that Roy come out and said some of the things he did.
“Jonny is a brilliant guy and he’s an advocate for mental health. He’s gone on telly and put himself out on a limb because he feels it’s going to help people, and it is.
“We need to create more awareness of mental health these days and what people go through, certainly elite sportspeople because it’s a very demanding environment and unfortunately when you come out of it it leaves you with problems sometimes.
“Jonny feels the need to come out and help people, which is fantastic, you take your hat off to him for that. So for Roy to bring him down and suggest he needs to stop crying on the telly, it was a poor comment.
“I think he got wrapped up in the environment, everyone was laughing, there was a lot of people in the audience and he maybe got a little bit too comfortable with his comments and he let himself down.”
McAteer and Keane have failed to see eye to eye on occasion in the past and the former Liverpool midfielder was also critical of the latter’s comments about Jon Walters lack of medals in the game.
“As far as of the other comments between them, they are Roy’s opinions and Jonny has come out and said what he needed to say about the situation, and it’s just whose story you believe.
“Roy does like the medals one, but at the end of the day you can’t take the medals down the pub and have a pint with them. They don’t talk back to you.
“I’d rather have a couple of mates than a couple of medals, to be honest.”