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Roy Keane slammed by ex-Liverpool star for preferring medals over mates

Roy Keane has been accused of preferring winning medals to having friends by former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland star Jason McAteer.

Manchester United legend Keane picked up a Full Members’ Cup at Nottingham Forest, seven Premier League crowns, four FA Cups, a Champions League, four Community Shields and an Intercontinental Cup at the Red Devils and a Scottish league and cup double as a Celtic player.

But the Irish midfielder has a prickly reputation off the pitch, which was exacerbated during his recent war of words with Jonathan Walters – during which Keane criticised the ex-Stoke front man for crying on television over the death of his mother and brother.

“I would rather have mates than medals,” McAteer told talkSPORT.

“We all know Roy, he says what he wants and that’s why he’s box office because he says it how he thinks.

Roy Keane clashes with Jason McAteer during their playing days (Image: Action Images)

“It’s very watchable at times, but unfortunately I do feel he lets himself down with the comments he makes about other players and I was disappointed that Roy come out and said some of the things he did.

“Jonny is a brilliant guy and he’s an advocate for mental health. He’s gone on telly and put himself out on a limb because he feels it’s going to help people, and it is.

“We need to create more awareness of mental health these days and what people go through, certainly elite sports people because it’s a very demanding environment and unfortunately when you come out of it it leaves you with problems sometimes.

“Jonny feels the need to come out and help people, which is fantastic, you take your hat off to him for that. So for Roy to bring him down and suggest he needs to stop crying on the telly, it was a poor comment.

Roy Keane (second from l) proves he can have mates and medals (Image: Daily Mirror)
Keane enjoyed a sparkling playing career at Nottingham Forest, Man Utd and Celtic (Image: Press Association)

“I think he got wrapped up in the environment, everyone was laughing, there was a lot of people in the audience and he maybe got a little bit too comfortable with his comments and he let himself down.

“As far as of the other comments between them, they are Roy’s opinions and Jonny has come out and said what he needed to say about the situation, and it’s just whose story you believe.

“Roy does like the medals one, but at the end of the day you can’t take the medals down the pub and have a pint with them. They don’t talk back to you.

“I’d rather have a couple of mates than a couple of medals, to be honest.”

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