Given opens up on Keane’s expletive-laden rant at McCarthy

Matt Stead

Shay Given has opened up on the expletive-laden rant that led to Roy Keane departing Ireland’s 2002 World Cup squad.

Keane was a member of Mick McCarthy’s squad for the 2002 World Cup squad in South Korea and Japan, but flew home early after a publicised argument with the manager.

In his upcoming autobiography, ‘Shay: Any Given Saturday’, the titular keeper has given an insight into the bust-up.

‘Roy is going personal, Roy is going heavy and it feels like Roy is going too far,’ Given writes of a man who hates everything.

“Why the f*** are you asking me a question? Who the f*** are you? You were a s**t player and you’re a worse manager. You’re a w***** as a man, you’re a w***** as a manager and you shouldn’t be managing my country. F*** you, and you can f***ing stick your World Cup.”

‘Mick edges in a word here and there, asking why Roy had not played in the second play-off leg with Iran, and that makes it worse.

‘He implies that Roy was fit to play and he has let his country down.

‘For about eight or nine minutes Roy keeps it up, slating every last thing he doesn’t like about Mick, the Ireland set-up, our preparations for the tournament, the delay in the delivery of our training gear, the state of the practice pitch, our professionalism as a squad — everything he can think of.

‘By the end, he’s not even raging any more. It’s just a total destruction of Mick, personally and professionally.’

‘I’ve never felt collective shock like it.

‘Twenty five blokes, mute, stunned, tongues cut out, heads scrambled, minds blown.’