By Sean Creedon
Roy Keane has had another go at his Manchester United colleagues and the FAI. Keane, who criticized the FAI over training facilities in Dublin and flight arrangements while in Cyprus with the Irish team, has repeated the criticism in the English magazine Four Four Two.
Keane says that he may retire early from international football unless the FAI improve their treatment of the players. He also takes a swipe at some of his Old Trafford colleagues, saying they were complacent.
It’s an amazing turn around for the Corkman, who normally does not talk to reporters. The interview was done a few weeks back, but in an effort to boost sales, Four Four Two did a deal with the
Daily Mirror, who also ran the story.
After missing out on the European Champions League success in 1999 (because
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he was suspended)m Keane was desperate to get to this year’s final and was bitterly disappointed when United went out at the quarterfinal stage to Bayern Munich.
The Irish players train at the Athletic Union League grounds in Clonshaugh, because it’s just across the road from the airport. In the old days the players stayed in a hotel on the south side of Dublin and trained at various locations around the city. Now they can walk to their hotel as they step off the plane. But obviously the FAI will listen when someone of Keane’s standing speaks out.
Keane has not been reprimanded by Alex
Ferguson for speaking out and it’s common knowledge that the Irish players are not happy with the training and flight arrangements.