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Keane says he ‘didn’t like’ Villa players during coaching stint

Roy Keane has slammed the group of players he coached at Aston Villa during his brief spell at the club.

Manchester United legend Keane – who also enjoyed stints playing for Nottingham Forest and Celtic during an illustrious playing career – spent a period coaching at Villa Park in 2014 as assistant to Paul Lambert.

It didn’t last long with Keane leaving B6 just four months after he’d arrived, citing his struggles to combine his roles with Villa and Ireland as the reason behind his decision.

There were claims that Keane didn’t see eye-to-eye with several senior Villa players at the time though.

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Opening up in an interview with ex-United teammate Gary Neville on The Overlap podcast, Keane explained his version of events.

He said: “The one reason I went to Villa was because it was a Premier League job. I was coaching with Ireland so I wanted to keep learning. But I didn’t like the group of players.

“I kept my guard up a little bit because I thought I’m not losing it with players. Every club will have one or two, but I thought Villa had six or seven lads who I couldn’t take.

“Some of it was behaviour; attitude to training, late for training…

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“When I left I just wanted to focus on Ireland. I was thinking, is it me? The players I’ve fallen out with, I follow their careers really closely in case maybe I got it wrong.

“They do nothing. Same with a couple of lads I fell out with with Ireland, they do nothing in their careers. Not that I fell out with anyone at Villa, I just couldn’t be bothered with them.”

Keane went on to claim he had witnessed examples of the worst professionalism he had seen in his life by a few players while at Villa, “for attitude, for desire, the way they’d speak to the staff”, without naming those in question.

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