Gabby Agbonlahor slams Roy Keane’s ‘disrespectful’ coaching style amid Sunderland bid

Gabby Agbonlahor stuck the boot on Roy Keane ahead of the Irishman’s potential return to the dugout with Sunderland – claiming Keane has ‘zero’ man management skills

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Former Aston Villa ace Gabby Agbonlahor has launched a fierce attack on Roy Keane following his potential return to Sunderland – with the pundit blasting the Irishman’s ‘disrespectful’ approach.

Keane has always expressed a desire to return to management after spending time away from the dugout in recent years.

His last managerial role was over a decade ago at Ipswich Town, but Keane has since served as assistant manager at Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and the Republic of Ireland.

More recently Keane worked for Sky Sports as a pundit.

But reports have emerged claiming Keane has been offered a sensational return to Sunderland – more than 13 years after leaving the club to guide them to promotion to the Premier League.

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Gabby Agbonlahor launched a sensational attack on Roy Keane following his potential managerial return



The Manchester United icon is considering offers from Ligue 1 sides but not everyone wants to see him return to management.

And Agbonlahor, who had a stint alongside Keane during his time at Villa Park, didn’t throw a punch in his assessment of Keane’s coaching abilities.

“The problem with Roy Keane when he came to Aston Villa [was] he couldn’t understand how we weren’t as good as the players he was playing with,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT. “You know he couldn’t accept that we weren’t going to be as good as Giggs, Scholes , Beckham and them players.

“And just his way of coaching; it wasn’t the right way for players these days and players when he was at Aston Villa.

“Just the way he spoke to the players. There were times when there were quite experienced players, people like Joe Cole, and he just didn’t speak to them properly.

“He spoke to them in a disrespectful way.

“His man management, I would say, would be zero out of 100. It was so bad.

Keane reportedly set for sensational return to Sunderland

“There was a time in training where we were doing this shooting drill. You were both strikers, so imagine the 22 players doing a shooting drill and you have to pass it to five different people, take it out wide and get a cross in and then you don’t have another shot for about 11, 12 minutes.

“You’re going to be cold, aren’t you? You’re going to be frustrated, like, ‘I need more shots’. So the standard wasn’t very good.

“The gaffer, Paul Lambert, calls Roy Keane and says ‘look, that’s not good enough. The standard is not good enough”.

Keane was part of the Villa Park coaching staff


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“So me, as captain, I came forward and supported the players and said ‘good blunder, we only get one shot every 10, 11 minutes, so we have to do something something different,” and Roy Keane comes over and says ‘oh, are you cold? Want another warm-up?’ and I kind of said ‘I’m not talking to you Roy, I’m talking to the manager’.

“He gave me that evil look and then the next day he left.

“So I think at that time at Aston Villa he left because of me.”

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