Gary Neville reveals all when it came to Sir Alex calling time on Roy Keane’s time at Manchester United, and Keane’s take on the interview itself.
Roy Keane has recently stated that he has not forgiven Sir Alex Ferguson for the way he ended his United Career.
He went as far as to say that even if he apologised he might only consider saying hello.
In an interview reported by the Daily Mail, Gary Neville sheds some light on how Roys Keane’s United career was brought to an end. But Roy defends what he says.
Neville recalls the infamous interview on United’s in house television channel MUTV, where Keane took it upon himself to publicly criticise certain teammates.
Neville believes the writing was already on the wall and knew something was about to give.
“I’d seen this happen to David Beckham over a period of six to eight months at United.”
“With Roy and the manager, there was always a chance that it would come to this.”
When the interview aired Ferguson was furious, Neville recalls:
“The manager came down into the dressing room and the minute he said we needed to watch the video.”
“I just thought that’s it. I knew Roy, I knew the manager and I just thought that was it.”
“That meeting was horrific when we watched the video. It’s not funny, honestly, it was horrific.”
“For lads in the dressing room who were at the club 10, 15 years, to see this happening was horrific.”
“You couldn’t say anything, you were just thinking, ‘for f***’s sake, you knew that was it. From our point of view as players, we didn’t have a problem [with the video].”
According to Keane’s book The Second Half published in 2014, he still believes what he said to be true and needed to be said:
“‘Even now people still say: “The video had to be destroyed”. Like it was a nuclear weapon or something.”
“I had said something about my wife tackling better than him (Darren Fletcher) for one of the goals. I could tell he was fine with it.”
“But the manager and Carlos were in the back with steam coming out of their ears. The manager said: “It’s a disgrace, this f*****g video.”
“I had to do it. The MUTV people go: “It’s your turn”. ‘I was disappointed with the players but it was MUTV, propaganda for the club. So I did the interview.”
Keane was arguably one of Fergusons greatest signings and a club legend.
He is still famous for his no-nonsense approach to football even in management. It would be interesting to see Keane’s reaction to a player undermining his authority in such a way.