On the same day which saw Jon Walters announce his retirement from football due to a troubling Achilles injury, the former Ireland striker has revealed some insight into the infamous bust-up between former assistant manager Roy Keane, Harry Arter and Walters himself.
Speaking on Virgin Media Sport’s coverage of England v Czech Republic, Walters admitted that the widely-circulated Whatsapp voice message recorded by Stephen Ward, which detailed the incident, was a “mild version of what actually happened”.
“Used to love, absolutely love meeting up.” Walters said.
“It was great, used to always look forward to it. During the break in club football, lads would get days off, you didn’t really care, you’d just love coming to meet everyone and see everyone, being involved and being able to play for Ireland.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling but then in the last year, that sort of changed with a lot of people. The atmosphere went right downhill. It was difficult. You could probably go into a lot of things but it’s probably not the best of times to go into it.
“We all know the leaked Whatsapp has a lot to answer for with Stephen Ward but I think that was probably a mild version of what actually happened. There were various things like that. So that changed the perspective on that.”
"The Whatsapp was a mild version of what actually happened."@JonWalters19 reveals how the atmosphere changed towards the final days of Martin O'Neill & Roy Keane's time with Ireland. #VMSport pic.twitter.com/jxbW855Bn5
— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) March 22, 2019