Roy Keane lifts the lid on Sunderland exit

22 February 2009 12:08
On Clive Clarke:The staff came in and said: 'Clive Clarke has had a heart attack at Leicester'. I said 'is he OK? I'm shocked they found one you could never tell by the way he plays'. Clarke later goes and does a piece in the newspaper telling the world I have lost the dressing room. How does he know - he wasn't there. Clown."

On Sunderland:"When we were promoted from the Championship we had 13 or 14 players starting in the Premier League. You'll sign anyone who will play. I would be giving contracts to players I didn't rate that highly - I needed the bodies."

On Dwight Yorke:"One day I get Yorke texting me from an international game asking can he miss a league match the following week because he has business to take care of. I said no.

On authority:"I rolled with things. I had the police come to the training pitch and had to go off with them for one of the players. Christmas parties etc, things got out of hand and I sorted it. On the days when I was there I would step in and pep things up but sometimes afterwards I would think the staff should really be catching this.

On Ellis Short:"He said he had read my book and I felt he was thinking from the start I wasn't for him. He knew this wasn't going to be a long-term relationship. He wanted me available at all times - I couldn't give my heart and soul with this fella on my shoulder. So I rang my lawyer and said 'I'm done with Sunderland'."

On Sir Alex Ferguson: "Alex Ferguson comes out and says 'You never know what he is going to do next'. What did he think I was going to do? Go backpacking around Mexico.

Source: Telegraph