Roy Keane Reveals Lack of Personal Bond with Alex Ferguson
Former Manchester United player Roy Keane has revealed that there was never a personal bond between him and manager Alex Ferguson. Keane, known for his successful career at the club from 1993-2005, winning seven Premier League titles, stated that he intentionally kept his distance from managers throughout his career.
Keane’s Professional Relationship with Ferguson
During his time at Manchester United, Keane served as Ferguson’s captain from 1997 until he left for Celtic. Despite their professional success, Keane asserts that there was no personal connection between the two men.
Keane’s Approach to Managerial Relationships
Keane explains that he never believed in developing close friendships with managers. While other players would engage in casual conversations and build relationships with their managers, Keane preferred to maintain a professional distance.
He stated, “I never had a cosy relationship with any of the managers I worked for. It didn’t suit my personality. I never believed in being pally or close to any of the managers I worked with ever.”
The Absence of a Bond with Ferguson
Contrary to popular belief, Keane denies having a special relationship with Ferguson. He revealed that they only had two or three private conversations throughout his time at the club. Keane emphasizes that his focus was on performing well and being a professional, rather than developing a personal bond with his manager.
Keane concludes, “I’m glad I was never really close to a manager. There’s no need for it. Why get close to a manager when you know at some stage he’s going to make tough decisions? In my experience, some managers will ultimately throw you under the bus, even if you’ve done well for them.”
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