Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Say Sorry and I'll Have You Back

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Say Sorry and I'll Have You Back

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ROY KEANE is an apology away from a return to the World Cup.

In yet another sensational development, Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has revealed he will take back his former captain if Keane says sorry for his Saipan outburst last week.

McCarthy and the FAI expected Keane to apologise for the tirade that led to his World Cup expulsion when he appeared on Irish television last night.

A business class seat on an Amsterdam flight to Tokyo had already been booked for this afternoon.

Now rumours are flying that Keane will make his apology this evening, although there has been no official confirmation of this.

McCarthy revealed that he will still consider a return for Keane at a press conference in Izumo City this afternoon, called after the players had voted against any return for the bad boy.

"If the players want Roy back then I will back them, absolutely," said McCarthy. "But first I must hear

what he has to say to me. When I apologise I do it face-to-face or over the phone. That is the way to do it and I am still waiting for that call.

"There was a lot of talk this morning that an apology had been made or was about to be made that wasn't the case when I saw the transcript of the interview.

"If Roy apologises now I will take his apology to my staff and my players, the people who were in the room when I was called an effing c*** and an effing w***** last week when I was told I couldn't coach or manage.

"I will see what they have to say and if the players back a return for Roy I will back them. There are no winners in this, no winners at all."

McCarthy denied that he had put a gun to the players' heads when they voted to carry on without Keane at a team meeting this morning.

"No, that wasn't the case. If the

players want the situation reversed I will back them," insisted McCarthy.

FAI general secretary Brendan Menton revealed that the Association had been all but promised an apology from Keane in last night's interview. …

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