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Damien Delaney says it was 'difficult' to play under Roy Keane and pundit would not speak to him for a month

By Darragh Culhane

Damien Delaney has said Roy Keane would not speak to him for a month at a time when he was at Ipswich in an upcoming tell all interview.

Delaney recently sat down with Joe Molloy for a tell all interview that will be broadcast on Virgin Media More at 9 pm on Monday and recounted his time at Ipswich with Keane.

The ex-Irish international spent three years at the club and his time overlapped with Keane's spell at the club and revealed all.

Delaney said that Keane would not speak to him for a month at a time but also said that the Ireland legend would play him every week.

He said: "It was a difficult time but he always picked me every week which, by the way, he didn't with a lot of people. He had a go at me after the game and not speak to me for about a month but would still pick me and that was the only saving grace.

"All you want to do in football is play and as long as the manager is picking you you'll put up with anything and I learned to deal with him at half time and at full time at at a Monday morning and I just kind of switched off and I just thought he keeps picking you so stop complaining.

"There are other people training with the reserves and there are other people that aren't so I rationalised it in my head that way and that overrides everything."

And Delaney added that he would try stay out of Keane's way at the training ground.

He said: "You just try stay out of his way as much as you can and train. You just try and do what he wanted because he was very clear what he wanted and try and do that in training but if you made mistakes like give the ball away or if you would fall for something he'd come down on you pretty hard.

"It was okay, I was big enough to deal with it and tried to not let it affect me, of course it does to an extent but you do your best not to.

"It's not an environment where you could flourish, you were battling and that was a difficult 18 months "

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