Roy Keane would be prepared to end the rancorous feuding with Sir Alex Ferguson that has lasted for the best part of a decade, although only if the former Manchester United manager first extended the olive branch.
Keane and Ferguson suffered a bitter fallout that resulted in the departure from Old Trafford of the then Manchester United captain, and have since engaged in petty point-scoring courtesy of respective published memoirs.
Ferguson was the first to go on the offensive a year ago as he tore strips from Keane in his autobiography - something the Irishman claims to have been the catalyst for his recently released retort.
Bury the hatchet
Keane, as ever, pulled no punches in his recollection of the events although, it would seem, has mellowed somewhat since following the revelation that would indeed bury the hatchet with the esteemed Scot.
“Well, it would be a cup of tea. If Sir Alex apologises, then yes, I would,” Keane told FourFourTwo, as relayed by The Guardian.
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“If Ferguson apologises I would be happy to move on … for Ferguson to badmouth me after I left, I think he does owe me an apology.”
On his exit from Manchester United, which saw his contract cancelled following a furious meeting with Ferguson, Keane added: “It was never going to end as a pals’ act. I was never going to leave with champagne and flowers.
No hard feelings
“I saw how Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce left the club, both decent Manchester United captains, and I didn’t like the way they left.
“I’m not begrudging of Sir Alex and Man United, because let’s get this straight I had the greatest days of my life at United.”
Keane, meanwhile, was in the headlines last week for current rather than past matters when it was revealed he had decided to step down from his duties with Premier League side Aston Villa.
The former Manchester United midfielder had joined Paul Lambert’s coaching set-up during pre-season but has now chosen to focus solely on assisting Martin O’Neill as the Republic of Ireland push to qualify for Euro 2016.