Jon Walters told Roy Keane "I’ll rip your head off" in training ground row
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Roy Keane is known for his uncompromising style on and off the pitch, but Jon Walters is one of a few who have dished it out to the ex-Manchester United hardman.
The former Premier League striker recalled a row the pair had at Ipswich, when he told Keane: "I'll rip your head off."
Keane was manager at the time, and Walters went into his office to tell him he wanted to leave.
He had attracted the interest of top-flight clubs, having scored 32 goals in 149 games for the Tractor Boys after rejuvenating his career at Wrexham and Chester.
But he wasn't happy after Keane told him he couldn't go unless the club's valuation was met – and recalled how things got heated after he told the manager to "f**k off".
"This is childish. It is not me now," Walters told Cheshire Live in 2019, nine years after the alleged bust-up.
"I said 'come on then, if you want to have a fight then let's go'.
"I went to walk out of the room and as I was walking out he said something very personal, nothing to do with him, but it touched a nerve with me.
"So I shut the door and came back in. I said 'Hit me first and see what happens to you'. 'Give me the chance and I will rip your head off' is basically what I was saying to him."
Walters got his move shortly after the row, joining Stoke where he went on to score 62 goals in 271 games.
He signed for Burnley in 2017 but hung up his boots two years ago following injury problems, having had a loan spell back at Portman Road in between.
The striker also played under the former United man for the Republic of Ireland when Keane was Martin O'Neill's No2.
Keane was asked about the Ipswich incident in 2019, telling Off The Ball: "He was demanding to leave Ipswich when I was down there.
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"Talks a good game – imagine if he had a good CV. Imagine if he won a trophy.
"He done okay, and the games he was fit for with Ireland, he did well I have to say."
Despite their long-running feud, Walters said earlier this year he would be happy to patch things up if Keane wanted to.
He told The Times: “I asked to leave Ipswich because I wanted to play in the Premier League and set my family up. There was a frank exchange of views with Roy.
“There was a huge issue with Ireland which hurt me a lot. I was very proud to be an Ireland player. I trained in the morning, was in that much pain, 10pm ice machines, altitude machines, ski machine, ropes, tedious exercises.
“But if Roy was to ring me and say, ‘Fancy a coffee?’ I’d say yes.”
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