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Roy Keane accused of going overboard with “b******ings” amid Celtic speculation

Roy Keane’s managerial methods have come under the spotlight, with the Manchester United legend accused of going “overboard” with his ferocious criticism of players.

The Irishman has been strongly linked with a return to the dugout with Celtic, having been out of management for almost a decade after leaving Ipswich back in 2011.

But Keane, who made his managerial debut with Sunderland before leaving for The Tractor Boys, may have to change his methods if he lands the top job with the Scottish giants, who parted ways with Neil Lennon last month.

That’s according to Trinidad and Tobago star Carlos Edwards, who played under the Red Devils icon at Sunderland before later joining him at Ipswich.

Roy Keane has been linked with a return to management with Celtic

Lifting the lid on the red mist of Keane, Edwards told TalkSport : “I got a few b******ings for messing up in games and causing a few goals, but I never got the brunt of it.

“Roy had his moments when he let a few steams out, which is understandable.

“He went overboard at times, but as a player you had to sometimes take it on the chin and just try to move on.

“When emotion gets the better of you, which happens to most people, a few words were said.

Keane has been out of management for almost a decade after leaving Ipswich in 2011
Keane has been out of management for almost a decade after leaving Ipswich in 2011

“In my career with him, I never saw him physically go at anyone, but words can hurt a lot. There were times he could have dealt with things in a different way.”

Since leaving Ipswich, Keane has worked as an assistant at the Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest, and has also regularly appeared as a pundit on Sky Sports.

But Edwards has no doubt that the Irishman will succeed if he returns to management – as players have to be on their ‘A-game’ under him.

He added: “There were always tough moments because every player had to be on their game.

Carlos Edwards (C) played under Keane at Sunderland and then joined the manager at Ipswich
Carlos Edwards (C) played under Keane at Sunderland and then joined the manager at Ipswich

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“If training started at 9am, he would like you to be at training maybe an hour before, he’d like you to socialise with your teammates and have a bit of breakfast.

“The guys bought into the philosophy he brought in because you’re only seeing each other for a short space of time during the day, but he wanted us to be more connected on and off the field.

“Everybody had to be on their A-game when it came to him, not just in games, but in training, in the way you carry yourself, because you’re not just representing a Roy Keane player, you’re representing the club.

“So he made those things very, very clear to the players.”




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