Say what you like about Roy Keane, he doesn’t beat around the bush when asked his opinion. As a footballer, he was no-nonsense as they come, while he doesn’t sit on the fence as manager of Sunderland. As a former employee of Manchester United and a pupil of Sir Alex Ferguson, you might have expected the Irishman to side with the Scot over the Cristiano Ronaldo debacle. Not a bit of it.
Setanta Sports report that Keano doesn’t think that players need to demonstrate more loyalty to clubs and should be busy looking after number one instead. It’s certainly unusual for a Premier League manager to be making these sort of statements, especially in light of United’s position over Ronaldo right now.
“I think it’s always been the case if players fancy leaving and make it hard for a manager and their attitude isn’t up to scratch, then you sell them,” he declared.
“Having said that, in defence of players, when a club is finished with you, they get rid.
“My advice is look after yourself. If you get a chance for bigger and better things, then go for it.
“I’ve experienced that myself.
“People question players’ loyalty. I question clubs’ loyalty.
“It’s a business to them. If you’re not needed then you can be out of the door in 10 minutes, and I’m speaking from experience.
“It works both ways.”
Surely the latter part of his statement refers to the end of his career at Old Trafford, when he was unceremoniously dumped by Sir Alex Ferguson after starting to become something of a disruptive influence in the camp. It appears Keane still bears a grudge on that front, although how would he feel if Kenwyne Jones turned around and told him he’s joining Man United for ‘bigger and better things’?