Well, it looks like Roy Keane and Peter Schmeichel won’t be catching up over Sunday brunch anytime soon…
Roy Keane and Peter Schmeichel have an infamous disdain for one another and, as the Irish assistant manager was asked about his former teammate at the media briefing on Tuesday, Keane certainly did not shy away from that fact.
Keane’s Ireland will face Schmeichel’s native Denmark this Saturday in the first leg of their World Cup play-off with the former Manchester United goalkeeper being drafted in by several outlets as a pundit ahead of the massive tie.
With this backdrop in mind, a Danish journalist asked the Ireland assistant manager if he had any intention of getting in touch with his former teammate in the days ahead.
Danish journalist: Hi, I flew in from Denmark for the preparations for this game and I was just wondering, since you played with Peter Schmeichel, have you been in touch with him ahead of this game?
Roy Keane: No. No, no, no.
DJ: What would you say to him…
RK: To Peter???
DJ: Yeah, about what to expect from Ireland in this game?
RK (smiling): I’d say fuck all to him. What do you want me to say to him? Is he playing?
RK: He’s not playing, no. I’d say nothing to Peter. What could I say to him? (starts laughing).
DJ: Team-mates sometimes stay in touch…
RK: I don’t keep in touch with Peter. The last time I saw Peter, I’d say it was about a year and a half or two years ago and we had breakfast together in a hotel in London and it was nice. We had a good chat.
Listen, I’ve huge respect for all my ex-team-mates. Through the good and bad times. (Pauses, grins). He started it. He said it himself, he held his hand up, he said he started it. I think he had two pints and got a bit brave, y’know?
Ireland will take on Denmark in the first leg of their World Cup play-off in the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Saturday evening.
Hat-tip: The Irish Examiner