Tuesday 25 October 2016

'I wouldn't swap my years with Ferguson for anything'

Published 01/05/2015 | 02:30


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Keane said he was always relaxed once he was in a group with a good work ethic.

"The important thing for me always, and when I was a player, people have this image that I was ranting and raving," he explained. "My whole target is that everyone I'm working with gives 100pc because you're going to lose a lot of football matches.

"People look at my career sometimes and say, 'you've had a great career' but a lot of my career was downs. I lost four or five cup finals, I lost league titles.

"Once everyone gives 100pc, then it's fine by me. I've never lost a moment's sleep once I knew everyone was giving 100pc."

The 43-year-old also spoke about how he has enjoyed a return to ITV and touched on his recent crossing of paths with Alex Ferguson on a flight back from a Champions League game in Paris. Once strong allies, the pair are now enemies after trading blows in their autobiographies.

"I spotted him. He was with his wife and I thought, 'Ah, I'll leave him to it'.

"It's a small world. Is there any kids here? I better not say what crossed my mind," continued Keane, to loud laughter, before changing tone.

"I fell out with Ferguson towards the end but I had 12 and a half great years working with him and I wouldn't swap it for anything. It was brilliant.

"When you're in a sporting environment and trying to win football matches and there's a lot of pressure, even when I was a manager, I liked people to fall out with each other.

"The fact I have disagreements with Ferguson, ex-team-mates. To me that's the most natural thing in the world. I get worried if I don't fall out with people every few months."

Irish Independent

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