Roy Keane: If Alex Ferguson apologises, I'd be happy to move on
Corkman insists he will move on from feud when Scot 'apologises'
Roy Keane has indicated that he will put his differences with Alex Ferguson behind him if the Scot says sorry for the reasons behind their falling-out.
The successful relationship between the duo soured in the lead-up to Corkman's fractious departure from Manchester United in 2005 and they have since become bitter enemies, using their respective autobiographies to detail their grievances with the other party.
Keane accused Ferguson of a lack of loyalty to his players and took issue with the former boss for a series of comments he made which explained his decision to show his then captain the door.
He also blamed the retired manager for taking his eye off the ball during the Rock Of Gibraltar debacle which led to a change of ownership at the Old Trafford club. But the Irish assistant boss - who left his role at Aston Villa last week - indicated that he could bury the hatchet and end the long-running feud if Ferguson admitted fault.
"If Ferguson apologises, I would be happy to move on," said Keane, speaking to English magazine 'Four Four Two' in an interview that was conducted before his abrupt exit last Friday morning, nine years after the sudden end to his United story.
Keane added: “For Ferguson to bad-mouth me after I left, I think he does owe me an apology.”
Asked specifically if he would make peace with his old mentor over a pint, Keane replied: “Well, it would be a cup of tea. If Sir Alex apologises then, yes, I would.”
The 43-year-old acknowledged that the fiery nature of their respective personalities meant that an amicable parting of ways was always unlikely.
“Yes. It was never going to end as a pals act,” he continued. “I was never going to leave with champagne and flowers.”
Keane also touches on his annoyance when his United legacy is shaped by his tiff with Ferguson as opposed to his achievements before the spectacular argument.
“If United fans say I had a decent career then brilliant. If they want to say, ‘What’s gone on with Ferguson stuff?’ then f**k them,” he added.
He repeated his belief that his predecessors at Old Trafford were also badly treated by the veteran boss when it came to saying goodbye.
“I saw how Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce left the club, both decent United captains, and I didn’t like the way they left,” he said.
Source: Irish Independent
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