Former Ireland worldwide Jon Walters admits that his eagerness to go away Ipswich Town and be part of Stoke City led to a “clash” together with his then supervisor Roy Keane.
he tense relationship between Keane and Walters has been a topic of debate for a while.
In 2019, Keane spoke of their troublesome relationship at Portrman Road when the Cork native was supervisor, saying “he was demanding to leave Ipswich when I was down there”. Keane added: “He couldn’t wait to get out of Ipswich when I was the manager, making all sorts of demands. Ironically, two or three years ago when his career was in freefall and he’d had injuries, he went back to Ipswich on loan. Fantastic, I was laughing my head off.”
Now, Walters has given his model of his exit from Ipswich however says he has no regrets about how the 2010 transfer panned out.
“I was captain under Roy… and the conversation about leaving didn’t go down too well if I’m perfectly honest,” Walters stated in an interview for ‘The Vault’, a sequence of interviews with former gamers for Stoke’s web site.
“I had ambitions within the Premier League, he understood that. I feel it was a case that if a bid got here in that was proper I may go. Bids had been coming in that I felt had been proper, however not the membership.
“If one person who’s a captain wants to leave, to go to a Premier League club, and the manager doesn’t want him to go there’s always going to be a clash and that’s ultimately what happened. But it was handbags more than anything and ultimately it led to my move to Stoke, which was the best time of my career.”
Keane was broadly criticised for feedback he made on Off The Ball when he stated that he’d seen Walters “On TV, crying about his family situation”. Walters had earlier given an emotional interview on the Late, Late Show the place he spoke in regards to the loss of life of his mom and brother.
Keane and Walters would additionally conflict on Ireland obligation, when Keane was assistant supervisor beneath Martin O’Neill. A row between Walters and Keane was made public when a WhatsApp voice message detailing an incident between the pair was leaked.
“All the lads had been grabbing Johnny away from him… Johnny was going to kill him. Roy introduced up one thing about once they had been at Ipswich, that they had like a falling out as properly.
“He said, ‘You’re threatening me again Jon, like you did at Ipswich’, and Johnny was like, ‘Yeah what, are you going to be a s***house again and send me my fine in the post rather than saying it to my face?’” stated the message from former Ireland man Stephen Ward, which was leaked in 2018 with out Ward’s information.