This story got out of hand very quickly but today it's being reported that Alex Ferguson will block any possibility of Roy Keane returning to Man United as assistant to Louis Van Gaal.
Van Gaal hasn't even been appointed manager yet so you'd imagine talk of his possible assistant is a bit ridiculous but apparently not. The Daily Mail say that 'Ferguson, now an influential director of the club he managed for 27 years, won’t countenance any role for the former midfielder.'
Instead, they say that Ferguson would like to see Gary Neville be brought into the backroom staff alongside Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt. Giggs in particular is seen by Ferguson as someone who can replace Van Gaal or Carlo Ancelotti in three years time.
Of course it comes as no surprise that Fergie wouldn't want Keane hanging around the place given that the Corkman's new autobiography is due out in October but I think if you polled United fans as to whether they'd rather Keane or Ferguson hanging around the club next season the result would favour Keano.
Indeed I find myself agreeing with John Giles that the Class of 92's presence around Old Trafford may not be the best thing for the club or for any new manager. It's ironic that Second Captains discussed yesterday how the fact that former players keep their nose of out of club affairs at United is seen as a massive plus for Van Gaal who was continuously annoyed by comments and interference from former Bayern players turned club directors during his time in Germany.
What do you make of it all?