Keane launches new attack on Ferguson with ‘nepotism’ blast
Roy Keane has accused his former manager at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, of nepotism as he poured scorn on the idea the Scot was an excellent man-manager and attacked him for how he handled the departure of senior players.
Keane and Ferguson have not spoken since the midfielder was allowed to leave United for Celtic during the 2005-06 season, in the aftermath of an interview with MUTV in which he criticised several team-mates after a loss at Middles
brough. Keane has always been bitter about the circumstances of his exit, and he cranked up his criticism of Ferguson and suggested that his son, Darren, had played for the club only because of his father.
“People talk about Ferguson’s man-management,” Keane said at an event by Irish media company Off The Ball. “Don’t be kidded on by all of it. I was at the club when Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce left, two brilliant servants for United, and I didn’t like the way they were treated.”
When asked about the MUTV interview that was thought to be the catalyst for his departure, Keane remained unapologetic and questioned why two of Ferguson’s relatives were employed by United.
“We’d had loads of heated discussions over the years, but you’ve got to roll with that,” he said.
“I didn’t leave the office that day thinking this was the end of my career at United, but if you think I’m going to sit there, I don’t care if its Alex Ferguson or the Pope, I’m going to fight my corner.
“Ferguson came out afterwards and said he always did what was best by Manchester United. Nonsense. His son Darren played for the club and won a league medal. [Alex Ferguson’s] brother was the chief scout for Manchester United for a long time. I’m surprised his wife wasn’t involved in the staff.
“Darren was [the manager] at Preston and lost his job. He had a couple of young players on loan from United, [but] guess what happens the next day? They’re pulled out of Preston. Is that doing the best for United? Do me a favour.”
Ferguson is the most successful manager in Manchester United history and Keane won 17 major trophies under him during his 12 years as a player at Old Trafford.
Outspoken: Roy Keane has said Sir Alex Ferguson did not always treat departing players well