Roy Keane branded "coward" for remark in autobiography about managerial spell

Former Ipswich Town forward Pablo Counago once branded Roy Keane a "coward" after the pair had an altercation in the tunnel following a match.

Keane spent almost two years at the helm of Ipswich Town between 2009 and 2011.

While Spanish striker Counago was in his second spell in Suffolk, after initially leaving the Tractor Boys in 2005, but he returned two years later in 2007.

However, when Keane berated the Spaniard over a poor performance, Counago decided to stand up for himself.

The 42-year-old called Keane a coward following comments the Irishman made about him in his infamous autobiography.

"I went down to the dressing room after the game and had a go at him," Keane wrote in his 2014 autobiography, The Second Half.

"He went: ‘Well, how are we going to win anything with you as manager?’ I nearly physically attacked him – but I didn’t."

But the former Ipswich boss didn't count on Counago responding.

"It is a very sad ending for a person that was so big as a player. As I told him once, I think he is a complete mess as a football manager," Counago told Ipswich's website.

"As he has said in his book, he wanted to hit me, but behind his appearance, there’s a coward. I just hope he can find happiness in his life as, in my opinion, being that miserable must be very mentally draining."

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Keane carved out a reputation as one of football's 'hardmen' during his time at Manchester United.

However, his managerial career hasn't lived up to the heights of his playing career.

But Keane has recently revealed he had an interview with a Championship side.

“I’ve had interviews, I had an interview recently,” Keane told Gary Neville on The Overlap.

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"I spoke to a Championship club about three months ago. It was very casual, it was at my house, a chat with the chairman.

"And to be fair, he was straight up, he went, ‘Listen, we just want somebody who can come in and win football matches’."

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