Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has a new victim. This time it's Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho who has been branded a 'disgrace' by the Irishman, according to the Daily Mail.
There has been a lot of fanfare surrounding Keane's latest autobiography, titled The Second Half. The Aston Villa assistant manager has been drawing in a lot of criticism for his ruthless rants on former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, colleagues and opponents.
Keane is said to be upset by Mourinho's act of shaking hands before the final whistle was blown in Chelsea's 3-0 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park. Keane obviously refused to shake hands with the Portuguese manager. Villa's manager Paul Lambert was also left baffled at Mourinho's decision to leave the pitch before the game was even finished.
"The game was still going on. It’s disgraceful. I’ve seen him doing it to other managers, it is a disgrace," says Keane of Mourinho.
"You wouldn’t do that on a Sunday morning, you would get knocked out."
War of words with Ferguson continues
Keane was in Dublin on Thursday speaking at a promotional event for his new book. The Irishman was soon drawn to take another dig at former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, with whom the 43-year-old shares a very volatile relationship.
"His tongue is the hardest part of his body," said Ferguson of his former captain in his own book last year.
To which Keane replied: "I can kick pretty hard. I think it was a cheap dig.
"He was never critical when we were winning trophies and he was getting his new contracts and his ‘‘Sir’’. For Alex Ferguson, not just to criticise myself, but other players who were part of a team that brought some good days, is wrong."
Keane believes Ferguson's criticism of him in the Scot's autobiography was ridiculous.
"For him to criticise that when you think of what he made out of it — he made millions of pounds out of it... He got his statues, he’s got his stand named after him — to come back and criticise was just ridiculous," Keane added.
No room for reconciliation, yet
When asked whether he had any plans of reconciling with his former manager, Keane said: "Will I ever forgive him? I don’t know. We’ll see if we ever cross paths again."
Keane also went on to reveal that he never had a close relationship with Ferguson even before the 'fall out' started to masquerade in the media in 2005.
"If people think I was in his office every week having little chats, they’re sadly mistaken," he added. "I reckon there was five, six situations in my 12-and-a-bit years at United that I was actually having a one-to-one with him."