Roy Keane training ground bust-up led to Aston Villa exit

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Manchester United legend Roy Keane nearly came to blows with Gabriel Agbonlahor during his stint at Aston Villa, according to reports.

A source close to the club has lifted the lid on the Irishman’s stint at Villa Park, where he worked as Paul Lambert’s number two before leaving the post at the end of last month.

Unhappy players

It’s claimed that both Agbonlahor and Fabian Delph were unhappy with Keane in separate incidents, and that all the big names were unhappy with the impact he had on the club.

"The atmosphere was horrible. It went downhill the moment Keane arrived. He p****d off all the big names he shouldn’t have p****d off and his relationship with the senior players slowly fell apart,” the source told the Daily Mail.

"There was so much gloom about the place every time he turned up. When he went there was just a feeling of euphoria and relief.”

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The report goes on to claim Agbonlahor tried to belittle Keane whilst talking to manager Lambert about tactics, when the former Red Devils skipper tried to get involved in the conversation. Lambert then had to have words with the ex-midfielder as the simmering feud continued during training.

Keane had also annoyed England midfielder Fabian Delph in an earlier incident, with angry words exchanged between the two during pre-season in July.

"Don’t try to f****** mug me off,” said Delph, according to the source.

High standards

Keane felt his high standards were not being met by all the Villains players, and whilst some liked the way he went about his business - in a similar fashion to how he did at Manchester United - others were unhappy.

Whether Keane himself will speak on these claims remains to be seen, but you can be sure that the Old Trafford legend saw things a little differently.

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