Wednesday 19 June 2019

Roy Keane: I warned Alex Ferguson over taking on JP McManus and John Magnier in Rock of Gibraltar saga

Roy Keane has claimed that he warned Alex Ferguson about taking on John Magnier and JP McManus over the Rock of Gibraltar row.

Alex Ferguson dedicated just two paragraphs among his 350-page autobiography to the bitter row between him and his former friends, and Manchester United shareholders, JP McManus and John Magnier over the ownership of the racehorse Rock Of Gibraltar.

The row that blew up over the successful horse and Ferguson’s claim on the stud rights, consumed the club from Ferguson’s first legal action in January 2003 to the legal settlement in March 2004 and beyond to the Glazer takeover in May 2005.

McManus and Magnier owned almost 30 per cent of the club and eventually sold out to the current owner, the Glazers.

“Somebody I met in Ireland had told me to tell him [Ferguson]: ‘You are not going to win this,’ Keane writes in his new book, ‘The Second Half’. “I mentioned it to him. And I told him that I didn’t think it was good for the club, the manager in a legal dispute with shareholders.

“I felt I was entitled to say that. He was just a mascot for them. Walking around with this Rock Of Gibraltar – ‘Look at me, how big I am,’ – and he didn’t even own the bloody thing.”

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