‘I don’t know why people listen to what he has to say at times’: Jonathan Walters hits back at Roy Keane after ex-Man United captain criticised him for crying on TV over the death of his mother and brother
Jonathan Walters has hit back at Roy Keane after the former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland captain blasted him for crying while talking on TV about the death of his mother and brother.
Walters went on Ireland’s Late Late Show and spoke openly about how his mother passed away when he was just 11 before moving on to describe how his brother’s death in 2018 had a huge impact upon his life.
But Keane, speaking with Off The Ball last week, didn’t hold back in his opinion of the striker’s emotional TV appearance.
Jonathan Walters has hit back at Roy Keane after the former Manchester United captain criticised him for crying on TV while speaking about the death of his mother and brother
Keane launched his withering attack on Walters and other Ireland players in a show last week
He said: ‘[He was] on TV, crying about his family situation. You know, how about lying low for a while, taking it easy.
‘Have a look at his medals? Wouldn’t take long.’
In response, Walters, who retired from playing at the age of 35 in March after suffering an Achilles injury, questioned why anyone would pay attention to what Keane had to say.
He told Football Focus: ‘Honestly, I don’t know why people listen to what he has to say at times.
‘In terms of the route I went down, I didn’t particularly want to go on TV and say that.
‘It all came from a couple of years ago when I did an interview with Henry Winter and I broke down. He caught me by surprise and I broke down.
Keane was Martin O’Neill’s assistant for the Republic of Ireland between 2013 and 2018
Striker Walters scored 14 goals in 54 appearances for the Republic of Ireland over eight years
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‘It’s something I’ve never done in my career. Mentally as a player [I was] very tough – but he just got me to another place.
‘And on the back of that, there were so many responses that came in. And I had a terrible year last year and someone got wind of it and I got asked to speak about it because of the responses I had previously.
‘I went down that route and if someone wants to take it down that route, that’s fine, it’s up to them.
‘But it doesn’t bother me one single bit what he has to say. Obviously I bother him a little bit, he doesn’t bother me one single bit. I don’t know why people take any notice most of the time.’
Walters said he wouldn’t bear a grudge towards Keane for his comments, adding: ‘I have no allegiance, no loyalties.’