Roy Keane's verdict on Newcastle fans - warning: strong language

Newcastle United Fans

The former Sunderland manager pulls no punches in his assessment of the Magpies and their supporters.

Roy Keane likes to speak his mind, that's for sure.

And when a former Sunderland boss speaks his mind, what are the chances he says anything nice about Newcastle United?

They are, of course, very low - and Keane is no exception.

Indeed, the ex-Black Cats manager, who captained Manchester United during his playing career, gave a strong-worded assessment of Newcastle and their fans in his new book.

“I always had a bit of hassle against Newcastle. I’d been sent off twice up there. I’d had my battles with [Alan] Shearer and Rob Lee,” Keane wrote in his autobiography 'The Second Half.'

“I always thought they were an arrogant bunch, for a club that had won f*** all. We always got decent results at St James’ Park; it wasn’t a bad place to play. But as for the Toon Army, the Geordies and the hostile reception – I never fell for all that crap.”

The current Aston Villa assistant also revealed that his Tyne-Wear derby win over the Magpies was his greatest moment as Sunderland boss.

“It was the first time we’d beaten Newcastle at home in thirty-odd years. It was electric – the tension," Keane added.

"[Djibril] Cisse scored, and Kieran [Richardson]. The level of player we had now had gone up since I’d come to the club. We played really well. I think it was my happiest day at Sunderland.”

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