Keane: I regret Ferguson apology

first_imgRoy Keane says he regrets apologising to Sir Alex Ferguson over the notorious MUTV interview which hastened his acrimonious departure from Manchester United. Ferguson criticised Keane in his autobiography last year and Keane has hit back at the former United manager with a host of barbs and criticisms in his own book. The Second Half, Keane’s updated autobiography, was due to be released on Thursday, but a Tesco store in Burnage made a huge blunder by putting the books on sale 72 hours early and the contents were published by national newspaper websites soon after. Press Association Keane writes about his exchange with the Portuguese: ”I said, ‘Don’t you f****** talk to me about loyalty, Carlos. You left this club after 12 months a few years ago for the Real Madrid job. Don’t you dare question my loyalty’.” The Irishman then directed his ire towards Ferguson, who had stepped in to stop the row between his assistant and captain. ”You as well gaffer. We need f****** more from you,” Keane claims he said to the United manager. ”We need a bit more, gaffer. We’re slipping behind other teams.” Keane, who moved to Celtic to play out the final five months of his career, claims his departure from United cost him a lot of money because he was due to receive a £1million bonus if he had played in 50 per cent of the first-team games in that 2005-06 season. When Keane was called into Ferguson’s office in November 2005, he says he knew the manager was going to inform him he wanted him out of the club. Keane writes: ”I said to Ferguson, ‘Can I play for somebody else?’ And he said, ‘Yeah you can, cos we’re tearing up your contract’. So I thought, ‘All right – I’ll get fixed up’. I knew there’d be clubs in for me when the news got out. I said, ‘Yeah – I think we have come to the end’. I just thought, ‘F******’ p****’ – and I stood up and went ‘Yeah. I’m off’.” In the book, Keane also writes about a drunken fight with Peter Schmeichel, hits out at Rio Ferdinand for missing a drugs test, and claims he does not regret making the tackle that effectively ended Alf-Inge Haaland’s career – although the Irishman says he never intended to hurt the former Manchester City midfielder. Keane was the main recipient of the hair dryer treatment in Ferguson’s book and it appears the Irishman has returned the favour by hitting out at his former boss in The Second Half. Keane says Ferguson was ill-advised to pursue a legal case against John Magnier and JP McManus over the stud fees from the Rock of Gibraltar racehorse. And the former United captain effectively withdrew an apology he gave to Ferguson after the MUTV interview in which Keane was alleged to have criticised several of his team-mates. ”Now I kind of wish I hadn’t (apologised). Afterwards I was thinking, ‘I’m not sure why I f****** apologised’. I just wanted to do the right thing,” Keane writes, according to the newspaper websites. Ferguson claimed Keane challenged his authority with the criticism of several members of the United squad, including Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and Alan Smith. But Keane, who claims in the book that someone at United leaked details about the tape, says his criticisms were not harsh. “The idea that I was in the studio ranting and raving, no… I was told the interview was being pulled. They couldn’t believe what I had said. I didn’t think it was too bad. I thought everyone was overreacting.” Keane does not try to play down the severity of a row with Ferguson, and his assistant Carlos Queiroz, who apparently accused the former United skipper of disloyalty. last_img read more

Ladbrokes estate receives Playtech single account functionality

first_img Ladbrokes players throughout the UK are now able to use one account and one wallet across all online, mobile and retail products, following an integration of the Playtech single account omni-channel functionality across its entire retail estate.In line with the Playtech One strategy the newly unified sportsbook platform, encompassing Self Service Betting Terminals (SSBTs), is fully integrated with the software, systems and services suppliers IMS player management system.Detailing SSBT integration as the final element of of the Ladbrokes Omni-Channel platform plan, it was stated that “this core platform integration work will enable significant future growth across the division and the wider business.”Richard Lang, Retail Commercial Director, Ladbrokes Coral Group, commented: “The collaboration between Ladbrokes Coral and Playtech BGT Sports to integrate SSBT’s to the Ladbrokes Omni-channel platform is the final piece of the jigsaw. The integration will further support the objective of delivering a true Omni-channel experience to our customers across all retail touch points.“This is a really exciting development for the product and will help us deliver growth. This development has been 18 months in the making and one that I am sure will be welcomed by our customers.”Amongst the features of the new platform are the ability to cross-promote to retail and online customers, use of the same bonus engine and training system, and the ability to place bets in retail and cash out online or on mobile outside of the retail environment.Armin Sageder, CEO, Playtech BGT Sports, said: “Today is a landmark in the evolution of our sports betting products at Playtech and we’re delighted to have completed the work with Ladbrokes.“The work the sports team has done for the last year to 18 months to unify both the retail and digital platforms and integrate it with IMS will generate further significant growth with operators from regulated and newly regulated markets seeking to implement our leading single wallet sportsbook offering.”Two further customers, Sociedade de Apostas Sociais (SAS), Portugal’s largest online gaming and betting operator, and Hpybet, are also preparing to go live with the new, fully integrated sportsbook. Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Submit Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020last_img read more