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Pablo Couñago On Keane: 'Being That Miserable Must Be Very Mentally Draining'

Gary Reilly
By Gary Reilly
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It's probably fair to say that if there's anything to take away from this week it's that being drip-fed a book tweet by tweet is far from an optimum situation. Granted, we have been entertained by all the goings on with Roy Keane's as yet unreleased autobiography but there's something to be said for reading a book as it was intended to be read. We've been privy to some very interesting anecdotes and some which were less interesting.

One such tidbit that we probably would have skimmed if we were reading the book was something which Keane had to say about former Ipswich Town player Pablo Couñago.

Pablo Couñago was a player I didn’t particularly like or get on with. No club was interested in taking him – and I was happy to tell him that. I just found him dead lazy. He went: ‘How are we going to win anything with you as manager?’ I nearly physically attacked him – but I didn’t.


Couñago has had his say today and, although we're well aware of the Roy Keane overkill, it really is quite interesting to hear what he has to say.

I don’t know if it was because he didn’t want me to have that good relationship with the fans, because he said to me he never understood the relationship I had with the fans, why they sang my name, why they loved me.

I think it annoyed him. It was a big surprise for me, how it looked like he was jealous of that. For me it was like ‘what’s going on here?’, someone like Roy Keane, one of the biggest names in Manchester United history, and now he is getting annoyed because the people like me. He was the kind of person who could have everything and was never going to be happy. They look so big and strong standing there but really they are weaker than anyone.

He is the kind of person who thinks he knows everything. When such difficult characters go into management you have to do whatever they say or life is going to be difficult. He won everything as a player but when he tried to do it as manager there was nothing.

After the Ipswich job he didn’t get another job for a while because the other clubs start to know what you are like. He’s better as an assistant because he doesn’t have to do anything and he can be kept to one side.

Couñago is still highly regarded at Portman Road and he has sent a message to the fans through twtd.co.uk, in which he went even further in his criticism of Keane's personality.

It seems like he needs to criticise players, managers and directors to keep selling books as he is not able to do anything else in football. 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. 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.



[The Guardian]

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