Cloughie punched me, admits Roy Keane after scathing attack on Ipswich players
Published 22:30 18/03/10 By MirrorFootball
Ipswich boss Roy Keane has launched a scathing attack on his players and admitted: “It’s good to go a bit mad.”
Keane recalled how he was punched by Brian Clough at first club Nottingham Forest as he launched his career.
He said: “Cloughie was dead right, absolutely. It was the best thing he ever did for me. It’s good to get angry. It’s an emotion, part of the game.
“If people upset you and you don’t get angry I would say you’re in the wrong game.
“It’s good to go a bit mad but I don’t throw teacups around. That’s not my style – I’d rather throw punches.”
Keane, fighting to save his job 11 months after taking charge, locked his squad in the dressing room for 90 minutes after Tuesday’s defeat at Watford.
He added: “I appreciate the days are gone when you could go around assaulting people. But some things had to be said. A few home truths shouldn’t hurt them.
“I should have made three substitutions after just 10 minutes the other night.”
Keane’s team have suffered just two home defeats all season but they have won only three times on their travels.
He said: “It seems they can’t cope outside their comfort zone. You’d have a better chance of winning the lottery than us winning away from home.”