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'The Worst Professionals I Ever Met In My Life' - Roy Keane Slams Aston Villa Stars

James Aldred

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'The Worst Professionals I Ever Met In My Life' - Roy Keane Slams Aston Villa Stars

Roy Keane is never shy to voice his brutally honest opinion on football and this week has been no different, with the Irishman scathing about two players he worked with at Aston Villa.

Speaking to Gary Neville on Sky Sports' new series The Overlap, Keane opened up about his career as a player and a manager, recounting stories involving the likes of Peter Schmeichel and Tom Cleverley.

But the most cutting tales came from his time at Aston Villa, where he worked as an assistant manager under Paul Lambert in 2014.

Roy Keane
Roy Keane

Keane wasn't afraid to let Neville know what he felt about the squad at Villa Park, saying there were several 'bad lads' in the club's dressing room.

"I didn't like the group, I have to say," Keane said. "Every club will have one or two of them, but Villa had six or seven lads that I couldn't take because they were really bad lads, not good pros.

Some of it was behaviour: poor attitude to training, late to training, if they come off the bench not trying because they've been left out, all that.

The players I ended up falling out with, I've followed their careers closely because I thought maybe I got that really wrong, I was a bit harsh on them. They've done nothing."

Martin O'Neill roy Keane
Martin O'Neill roy Keane

"Some of them now are in the media talking about current players," he continued. "And you're going 'you were the worst'.

"There were two lads at Villa who were the worst professionals I met in my life, for attitude, for desire, for the way they'd speak to the staff. I used to look at them and go, I've never experienced that ever, the way they were speaking to staff.

Then one of them tried to speak to me like that and I went 'don't speak to me the way you speak to the rest of the staff'. I'd rather fall out with somebody than pander to them."

Roy Keane
Roy Keane

With the former Manchester United midfielder apparently keen on a return to management, it might not be long before we hear some more about Keano's clashes in the dressing room.

Topics: Ireland, Aston Villa, Football, Roy Keane

James Aldred
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