Keane launches new attack on Fer­gu­son with ‘nepo­tism’ blast

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Euro 2020 Qualifiers | Football - By Luke Edwards

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

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