Former Ipswich Town and Ireland goalkeeper Shane Supple has outlined that he felt Roy Keane’s comments regarding Jonathan Walters were “too close to the bone” and “below the belt.”
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.
Supple, who played under Keane at Ipswich and was a teammate of Walters at the same club, outlined to Pundit Arena that he felt, it was a disappointing move from the former Manchester United captain and that he believed his comments to be “below the belt.
“Listen, Roy is Roy and he says what he wants to say. I definitely didn’t agree with how close to the bone he went. I thought it was very much below the belt.
“I know Jonny quite well and would’ve been good friends with him from our time together at Ipswich. With Jon’s background, I just thought it was poor to go that low, really.
“I don’t see the point in it. It baffles me sometimes, but he’s brought in to do a show and maybe he’s giving the people what they want. I just think it’s poor from my point of view.
“A lot of people have a lot of time for him and listen to what he has to say and take it on board as gospel, but that shouldn’t be the case, because that was a really low blow.”
Since Walters’ appearance on the Late Late Show, the striker has received many messages of support and has done a lot of work in helping others who may have gone through a similar scenario to his.
“We’ve all seen Roy since he’s stepped in and out of management and in the media that some of his comments are going to be controversial. It didn’t surprise me, I suppose, but I just thought it was really poor to do that. To question someone like Jonny and what he’s done in the game, and how outspoken he has been on the issue of people’s mental health — he’s helped an awful lot of people since he’s done that — so I just think it’s poor form.
“It’s crazy that it gets so much attention. I know this stuff sells and that, but I just don’t think it should. It is what it is.”
Although the former Ipswich goalkeeper was upset with Keane’s comments he still holds his former manager in high regard from his spell at Portman Road.
Supple has been outspoken in the past about how much Keane helped him during a difficult time in his career when he left the game in 2009, which makes the former Ireland captain’s comments, he feels, even more surprising.
It’s almost like there are two sides to his personality.
“I had fantastic dealings with Roy in terms of me and my particular situation when I left Ipswich at the time. He was great on that side of things. I didn’t have a whole lot of time with him, three months probably, when he came in. Things didn’t go too well for him at Ipswich but I didn’t have enough time there to say what kind of manager he was.
“All I can see is the way his career in management has panned out. When I was looking to get home, he was great. That’s what surprises me sometimes the way he does speak and some of the things he brought up last week. It’s just really strange. There’s two sides to the man.
“It doesn’t seem like the same person. If there’s two different personalities, I’m not sure. But it’s a strange one. Maybe he was just adapting to the situation he was in and he felt he wanted to do or needed to do.
“He holds a lot of weight with a lot of people that look up to him and admire him, but I don’t know how you can look up and admire stuff like what he said last week.”