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Saturday 17 November 2018

Keane reveals the score on leaving United and Saipan spat

New Ipswich manager Roy Keane has opened up about the past controversies in his long footballing career.

He touched on both Saipan and leaving Manchester United in an pre-recorded interview with Pat Kenny broadcast on The Late Late Show last night.

Of Manchester United, he said: "They are the best team in Europe without a shadow of a doubt."

But he said he takes very little interest in what goes on at United. "I've had to move on myself. I think there is a problem with a lot ex-players who have been at a big club like United for a long time. They find it hard to let go. They still go back to the ground, they still go to the games. When I left, I really made an effort to make a clean break and I will be honest with you, I have very little interest in what goes on there now."



Disagreement

When Kenny asked him if he still spoke with manager Alex Ferguson from time to time, he said "no".

"Did you fall out out him?" asked Pat. "Not really," said Roy. "We had a disagreement. I have moved on and he has moved on. When asked how if felt to be at appointed to management at Ipswich a week ago, he said: "It's good to be back. I had about five months off. I had a really good break. I think it's the right challenge for me and I'm ready for it."

Pat asked him what his wife Theresa said when he discussed with her the notion of moving to Ipswich. "We didn't really discuss it, I just said we were going," he joked. "No of course, I discussed it with her. She was fine. She knows it is part of my career now as a manager that we will have to maybe travel.

He said that he enjoyed his time at Sunderland and he was quite happy to "put behind" what happened in Saipan, particularly with Niall Quinn. He said that they had a chat when he went up to meet the owners of the club. "It was very straightforward."



Happy

"Even If I didn't take the job at Sunderland, what had gone on at Saipan whether between myself and particularly Mick McCarthy, and one or two of the senior players who I felt backed Mick up, you do have to move on. I do appreciate that and I was happy to do that," he said.

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