Keane delivers damning assessment of former Man Utd team-mates

Roy Keane stepped back into football management and the media spotlight yesterday as the manager of Ipswich Town and the Irishman gave a damning assessment of the managerial achievements of Manchester United's "class of 1994".

Keane, not known for holding his tongue or simply rolling out pleasantries, said that none of his former United team-mates had won a trophy as a manager and therefore could not be considered successful: "Who are the good managers you are talking about? Sparky and Brucey have not won a trophy, have they? They have potential, but anyone can have potential. Steve Bruce has had a good season, but Steve Bruce has been manager how many years?"

The former Sunderland boss continued: "Sparky did a brilliant job at Blackburn, but is facing different challenges at Manchester City. We are all facing different challenges. Until an ex team-mate of mine from 1994 goes on and really achieves something, then I would not agree with what you are saying about [any of them] being a successful manager. You need a bit more than some of those managers have achieved yet."

Keane also delivered a brutal assessment of his former Ireland team-mate Tony Cascarino, who had said that he would be amazed if someone offered Keane another job in football after he walked away from Sunderland in December.

"I would not give him the time of day. I am quite happy to comment on people's opinion in football I respect, but Tony Cascarino is a man I certainly do not respect for a lot of reasons, and if I told you, you would be shocked. So the day I worry about Tony Cascarino will be a very sad day of my life," Keane told reporters. Ouch.

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