Roy Keane attacks ‘arrogant’ Newcastle fans – and atmosphere at St James’s Park

ATTACK ... former Sunderland boss Roy Keane.
ATTACK ... former Sunderland boss Roy Keane.
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ROY Keane has labelled Newcastle United fans as “arrogant” in his new autobiography.

Keane – who famously clashed with Alan Shearer at St James’s Park – was twice sent off at the stadium during his Manchester United career.

Writing in The Second Half, which is out today, Keane, now assistant manager at Aston Villa, was scathing about the club.

He said: “I always had a bit of hassle against Newcastle.

“I’d been sent off twice up there. I’d had my battles with Shearer and Rob Lee.

“I always thought they were an arrogant bunch, for a club that had won **** all. We always got decent results at St James’s 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.”

Keane also encountered Newcastle during his time as Sunderland manager.

The 43-year-old guided the club to a historic 2-1 win over United at the Stadium of Light in the 2008-09 campaign.

“It was the first time we’d beaten Newcastle at home in thirty-odd years,” said Keane.

“It was electric – the tension. (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.”

Sunderland lost 2-0 at St James’s Park the previous season.

“We were a goal down after four minutes – a Michael Owen header,” he said.

“There were mind games going on before the match. The police got us there three hours before kick off – players got bored, testosterone levels are high; it’s too long to wait.

“Jonny (Evans) and Phil Bardsley were injured, so didn’t play. They were a big loss.”