There's an excellent Twitter account, that has really come into its own this week, called "Are The Brits At It Again?" While it is indeed brilliant, if someone was to set up "Is Roy Keane At It Again?" then it could blow its predecessor out of the water.
Keane and his former teammate, Gary Neville, were doing the rounds yesterday as guests of Cadbury, celebrating their partnership with the Premier League. Speaking at an Off The Ball event last night, the Corkman was not shy about voicing his opinion on the Irish players at the centre of the now infamous Stephen Ward WhatsApp voicenote:
Harry Arter went to Cardiff on loan, they got relegated. Wardy can't get in the Stoke team at the moment and they're down at the bottom of the league.
He saved his most daming words for Jonathan Walters:
He talks a good game. Imagine if he'd won a trophy. He goes on the TV about how he was harshly treated by me. He's crying on the TV - family situation...
Not kicked a ball for Burnely for two or three years .. he'd be on the radio You know, maybe lay low for a while.
Keane added, "Have a look at his medals? That wouldn't take long." Keane was not shy about calling out his and Stephen Ward's performances against Wales in the Nations League:
"We got beaten by Wales. Jon played. Jon didn't have a good game. Wardy played, he didn't have a good game. They need to go back see how bad they were."
As reported on Independent.ie, Keane was also critical of the media's treatment of Martin O'Neill, claiming there is "a lot of negativity and spin." However he still counts their time with the Republic of Ireland as a great success:
I loved the buzz of the games. I loved working with Martin. A brilliant player, a really good guy. We had one or two games - Bosnia, Germany - that were up there with the highlights of my career.
Having left his role as the since departed O'Neill's assistant at Nottingham Forest, Keane now has his eyes set on a return to the no.1 seat.
Elsewhere, his co-star with Cadbury, Gary Neville, spoke to us about his favourite pundits, and there are no prizes for guessing who made the list.