Roy Keane’s Ipswich management style saw ex-boss ‘destroy’ players after games

Former Ipswich defender Damien Delaney has revealed how Roy Keane would "destroy" him during his time as manager at Portman Road.

Manchester United legend Keane spent two years as the Tractor Boys' boss before quiting in 2011, and is yet to return to a managerial role after assistant spells at Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.

Delaney played under Keane at Ipswich and has detailed how his fellow Irishman would lay into him when in charge of the Championship club.

Keane has since stated in his book how he regretted the way he spoke to his defender – but Delaney says he holds no grudges.

He told Off The Ball : "It is as probably close to an apology that you get from him! he probably wouldn't say sorry for anything – but it's fine, man.

"He did what he thought was correct at the time and he managed the way that he thought was correct, and I was on the end of a lot of it… an awful lot of it, if I'm honest with you.

"It wasn't fine at the time, as it grinds you down. I have laughed when people said this before – but if Roy Keane has said he was too hard on you, can you imagine what I had to go through?

"It was tough enough and he did used to favour coming for me. But again, you try and take it on the chin and focus on the game.


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