‘What the **** are you doing? Sort yourself out’: Andy Cole reveals being pinned to the wall by Roy Keane amid tunnel row with Teddy Sheringham… before midfield hardman turned on striker in fiery response!
- Andy Cole has revealed that Roy Keane once acted as peacemaker during a row
- The striker famously never saw eye to eye with team-mate Teddy Sheringham
- And the strike duo had a huge bust up in the tunnel after a draw with Bolton
- Keane intervened to separate the pair but soon turned on Sheringham
Andy Cole has revealed that Manchester United icon Roy Keane once briefly acted as peacemaker amid a tunnel bust up with Red Devils team-mate Teddy Sheringham.
The Irishman’s feisty personality has left him with a reputation as a man rarely willing to back down, with his confrontational attitude translating well from pitch to TV screen as a pundit.
Keane has endured his fair share of bust ups in the past, most famously with Arsenal legend Patrick Viera, as well as his own team-mates on occasion, such as Peter Schmeichel.
Andy Cole has revealed that Roy Keane once acted as peacemaker during a tunnel bust up
The strike partnership have famously never seen eye to eye and endured a toxic relationship
But Cole has lifted the lid on an episode in which Keane sought to defuse a row between the strike partnership, who have not seen eye to eye for 30 years, before being in the thick of it.
The 49-year-old made the revelation in his new autobiography, which is being serialised by The Times, saying that the row erupted after Cole replaced Sheringham in an England squad.
Cole felt aggrieved that his United team-mate failed to congratulate, or even acknowledge, Cole’s achievement with the national team, and that a miserable 1-1 draw with Bolton at Old Trafford onset a blazing argument in the tunnel.
And Cole revealed that Keane separated the pair during a furious bust up at Old Trafford
‘I’m screaming all sorts and trying to throw punches, but everyone’s on me, pulling us apart,’ Cole says in the book.
‘The next thing I know, Roy Keane has me up against the wall and he’s shouting in my face, ‘What the **** are you doing, Coley? Sort yourself out. We’re a team’.’
All of a sudden, the United captain had a change of heart, and turned his attention on the former Spurs and West Ham marksman.
Cole said: ‘I’m not hearing him, but I calm down, and suddenly Roy is going for Teddy, ripping into him, and it’s our turn to try to pull them apart.
However, Keane soon turned on a******* Sheringham, an ex-team-mate at Nottingham Forest
‘”What’s all that about, Skip?” I ask a clearly incensed Keane. “You wanting to fight him reminded me of what a****** he was to me at Nottingham Forest!”‘.
The Irishman and Sheringham were previously team-mates at Nottingham Forest and both worked under legendary manager Brian Clough.
Cole’s autobiography, Fast Forward: The Autobiography: The Hard Road to Football Success, is published on Thursday (Hodder & Stoughton, £20).
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