Former Sunderland defender Danny Higginbotham has described a controversial speech made by Roy Keane which he calls ‘one of the most bizarre team talks I’ve ever experienced’.
Higginbotham and his Black Cats team-mates were about to take on Aston Villa during the 2007-08 Premier League season when Keane sat them down in the home changing room at the Stadium of Light.
But instead of encouraging his players to put their poor start to the season behind them, the former Manchester United midfielder delivered an astonishing team talk, letting rip in true Roy Keane style.
In his recent autobiography, Higginbotham goes into detail on his time with Keane and reveals one time his manager stepped over the line.
Listen lads,’ he said. ‘Basically you’re s***. Try and enjoy the game. You’re probably going to get beat. But just enjoy being s***. Then he walked out.
Higginbotham revealed Keane’s words were the most insulting he had ever received from any manager, although the words did motivate his side.
Those words have got to be insulting to any professional, no matter who they come from, and I’ll admit it served as the perfect motivation to get out there and prove him wrong.
I scored after 10 minutes and we were leading at half-time. We ended up drawing.