ROY KEANE AND John Delaney’s somewhat fractious past has been well documented in recent weeks, after the former was announced as Ireland’s new assistant manager.
And today, the Irish public were provided with a telling reminder of their 2002 disagreement in Saipan and the fallout that followed from it.
The Sunday Times have published a report of comments made by John Delaney during a speech at an awards ceremony for the Combined Counties Football League last June.
After someone in the audience shouted “Keano,” Delaney responded:
“Who said Keano? I hope it was Robbie and not the f**ker Roy?”
He subsequently apologised for swearing on the night, yet there has still been speculation that this revelation could renew their past rivalry, though others have dismissed the FAI Chief Executive’s comments as light-hearted.
Either way, there has since been much debate about the status of Delaney and Keane’s relationship.
Ideally, these two important representatives of Irish football would get on to ensure there are no breakdowns in communication within the organisation, but equally, it could be argued that their relationship is largely irrelevant since Delaney has previously insisted he that he is only interested in the business rather than the footballing aspects of the team.
With all that in mind, does it matter if John Delaney and Roy Keane don’t get on?