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Keane Blasts Ferguson, Mourinho

  • Guardian, Friday, October 10, 2014 3:21 PM

Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane launched a scathing attack on Alex Ferguson, his former coach, and Jose Mourinho, the current coach of Chelsea, at the official launch of his autobiography The Second Half on Thursday, where he accused Ferguson of telling “lies, basic lies” about him after the Scot and then-CEO David Gill forced him out of the club in November 2005. Keane, the current assistant coach of Aston Villa, went on to call Mourinho’s behavior during Villa’s recent 3-0 loss at Stamford Bridge, “disgraceful.”

On Ferguson, who won a record 13 Premier League titles with United, Keane said: “He was never critical when we were winning trophies and he was getting his new contracts, getting this and that named after him -- Sir this, and whatever else. He made millions of pounds out of it. He got his statues. He got his stand named after him. To criticize people who brought him success was just ridiculous.”

On Mourinho, Keane said he refused to shake the Portuguese coach’s hand, because he walked off the field while the game was still going on. “I don’t mind all that [mind games] but the game is still going on,” the Irishman said. “It’s disgraceful. I’ve seen him doing it to other managers; it is a disgrace.” Asked whether he thought it was arrogant or disrespectful, Keane replied: “What do you think? That’s a stupid question.”

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