Ian Wright reveals Roy Keane made an example of him for being two minutes late

Ian Wright has revealed how Roy Keane refused to show up for lunch after the former Arsenal striker arrived two minutes late to meet up with the ex-Manchester United captain.

Keane is well known for his no-nonsense approach throughout his career, but it appears that his elite mentality has stayed with him during his work as a television pundit.

Wright, who has hailed Keane as the Premier League’s greatest-ever captain, has worked alongside the former Republic of Ireland international as a pundit on a regular basis for ITV for England matches and international tournaments.

And it was during their time together at the World Cup when Keane felt he needed to make an example of Wright because of his failure to be on time for lunch.

Wright claims that after he was two minutes late Keane simply refused to show and did not appear until dinner, at which point the former midfielder used it as an example of the standards he set whilst he was United captain.

‘For me he was the best captain in the Premier League,’ Wright told BBC’s Match of the Day podcast.

‘What he ushered in with the Class of ’92, with the great players around him, the consistency of his performances without compromising exactly what he was about in respect of the way he sees the game and his principles an his morals.

‘Honestly, I’ve got so much admiration for Roy Keane.

‘I have to say, we were at the World Cup together [as pundits] and I was thinking, ‘oh my gosh, we’re really cool mates, it’s fine’.

‘And I remember there was this one time I asked Roy if he wanted to go to lunch, because we had breakfast then we’d go for lunch.

‘He said, ‘okay, Wrighty. See you at 1:15.’

‘I said, ‘no problem, I’ve just got to go and do some stuff’.

‘So I had to go and do that, I got there at 1.17, I was waiting in the lobby, I phoned and said, ‘Roy, okay, I’m here’.

‘And he said, ‘Wrighty, 1.15 is 1.15, I’m not coming’.

‘I laughed because I thought he was only messing about but he said, ‘Wrighty, I’m not coming’. And he hung up the phone.

‘And I never saw him until the evening.

‘And as soon as I saw him he done one of those cheeky smiles he’s got and he said, ‘this is why Man United was so successful, we done what had to be done on time, we done what we needed to do’.

‘And that’s what made me think with Roy Keane is that to be under him, under his stewardship as a captain, he would take nothing in respect of failure.

‘What I like about Roy Keane and anybody that knows him or spends any time with him, obviously he doesn’t suffer any fools, but I’ve never seen anybody who loves football and speaks about football as much as he does.

‘He’ll tell you about a player in League Two, a left-back somewhere, he loves it.

‘The fact is, when he’s off camera he’s just a very serious man, he’s a serious bloke, he doesn’t deal with foolishness. I cannot stop laughing when I’m in his presence, the way he shuts people down and shuts things off, it just makes me laugh all the time, I just love being around him.’

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