Jon Walters says row with Roy Keane over Ipswich move more ‘handbags more than anything’


Former Ireland international Jon Walters admits his eagerness to leave Ipswich Town and join Stoke City led to a “clash” with then-manager Roy Keane.

he strained relationship between Keane and Walters has been the subject of debate for some time.

In 2019, Keane opened up about their difficult relationship at Portrman Road when the Cork native was manager, saying: “He demanded to leave Ipswich when I was down there”. Keane added: “He couldn’t wait to leave Ipswich when I was the manager and made all sorts of demands. Ironically, he returned to Ipswich on loan two or three years ago when his career was in free fall and he was suffering from injuries. Fantastic, I laughed my ass off.”

Now Walters has given his version of his exit from Ipswich but says he has no regrets about how the move played out in 2010.

“I was captain under Roy… and the talk about leaving didn’t go down that well, if I’m being completely honest,” Walters said in an interview for “The Vault,” a series of interviews with former players for Stokes’ website.

“I had ambitions in the Premier League, he understood that. I think it was a case that I could leave if a bid came in that was correct. Bids came in which I thought fit, but not the club.

“If a person who is captain wants to go to go to a Premier League club and the manager doesn’t want him to go, there will always be a clash and that’s what ultimately happened. But it was mostly handbags and it ultimately led to my move to Stoke, which was the best period of my career.”

Keane was widely criticized for his comments on Off The Ball, saying he saw Walters “on TV crying about his family situation.” Walters previously gave an emotional interview on The Late, Late Show in which he discussed the deaths of his mother and brother.

Keane and Walters also met on duty in Ireland when Keane was assistant manager to Martin O’Neill. A row between Walters and Keane was made public after a WhatsApp voice message was leaked about an incident between the two.

“All the boys ripped Johnny away from him…Johnny wanted to kill him. Roy said something about it when they were at Ipswich, they also had an argument. He said, ‘You’re threatening me again, Jon, like you did in Ipswich,’ and Johnny said, ‘Yeah, what, are you going to be like a ***house again and post my fine to me instead of them to say to my face?'” said the message from the former Irelandman Stephen Ward, which was leaked in 2018 unbeknownst to Ward. Jon Walters says row with Roy Keane over Ipswich move more ‘handbags more than anything’

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