Roy Keane considers Jose Mourinho’s habit of shaking hands with the opposition manager before the final whistle is blown disgraceful and disrespectful.
Former Manchester United player Roy Keane has been in the news since he released his autobiography. The midfielder has openly spoken about his relationship with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and taken quite a few digs at him. The latest victim of Keane’s frustration is none other than Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Roy Keane, currently playing the role of assistant to Aston Villa manager, Paul Lambert, was rather irritated with Jose Mourinho’s conduct during the Aston Villa’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho approached the Aston Villa bench to shake hands with Lambert and Keane minutes before the final whistle was blown. Keane found the gesture highly disrespectful and openly criticised the Portuguese at the launch of his autobiography.
The Irishman said at the launch of his new book: “I don’t mind all that (mind games) but the game was still going on. It’s disgraceful. I’ve seen him doing it to other managers, it is a disgrace.
“You wouldn’t do that on a Sunday morning, you would get knocked out.”
Mourinho’s behaviour doesn’t come off as surprising. The Portuguese leaves no stone unturned in having the last laugh when it comes to mind game with other managers. Mourinho often attempts to complete the post-match formalities before the final whistle is blown and heads down the tunnel with a hint of arrogance while the game is still being played to a conclusion.
Roy Keane, who has previously managed clubs like Sunderland and Ipswich Town, also revealed that he has learned not to think long-term when in a coaching role. The 43-year old said that at Aston Villa and with the Republic of Ireland national side he only takes a short-term approach.
He said: “At Villa now, I never look beyond the next week. People say you have a game in three weeks but, to me, it’s about getting through this week.
“Have I reflected more, been a bit more harsh on myself in this book? Probably so.
“The position I was playing in for (Manchester) United in the middle of the park, you have to express strength all the time and you had no weaknesses. But this is a chance for me to look back. There was fear, there is fear.
“I think the most natural thing in the world is to worry about contracts, injuries and, when you become a manager, your staff.
“But don’t get the impression that I was going into work every day shaking in my boots.”