Roy Keane would lock players in the changing room for an hour before telling jokes, reveals Andros Townsend

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Roy Keane would lock players in the changing room for an hour before telling jokes, reveals Andros Townsend

Andros Townsend has revealed Roy Keane would lock his players in the dressing room for an hour after a game before finishing with a joke.

Describing the whole experience as ‘very bizarre’, Townsend admitted it was his fear rather than Keane’s humour which forced him to laugh at the end of the tirade!

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Roy Keane’s style of management was as intense as his playing career

The former Manchester United captain made a spectacular return to football whilst working as a pundit for the Red Devils’ clash with Tottenham.

His rant aimed at Harry Maguire and teammate David De Gea instantly went viral and once again underlined the ferocity which Keane used to dominate midfields all over Europe throughout his playing career.

The Irishman kept the same level of intensity throughout his career as a manager as well, which Townsend was unfortunate to learn first hand as well.

The former Tottenham Hotspur winger joined Keane’ Ipswich Town side on loan in 2010 as he made 13 appearances and found Keane’s management style to be somewhat intense.

Townsend spent time on loan at Ipswich from Spurs

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Townsend spent time on loan at Ipswich from Spurs

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“After a game, he would lock you in the dressing room for about an hour,” Townsend revealed on talkSPORT Breakfast.

“He would go around the dressing room, telling each player what he thinks of them and he didn’t mince his words.

“Yeah, unfortunately, as a young, tricky winger who didn’t really buy into the defensive side of the game back then he was unfortunately pretty tough on me!”

Former Aston Villa striker Darren Bent also told talkSPORT he was on the receiving end of a TWO-HOUR Keane rant during his time as assistant boss at Villa Park.

Although he did score, the winger remembers his time at Portman Road with fear and trepidation

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Although he did score, the winger remembers his time at Portman Road with fear and trepidation

And while Townsend admitted he was never lambasted for drinking Lucozade or doing yoga, the winger revealed Keane did have a softer side to him.

“He would drift off, he would start by speaking about the game and then within ten minutes he is speaking about “stuff which has zero relation to football.

“And then he would always find a way to end with a joke.

“So an hour later, he has grilled every single person, but he would always find a way to finish on a funny note. It was very bizarre.

He added: “For Roy Keane, it was a joke and because you were so afraid of him, you would laugh!”




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