Bruce Surprised but not Hurt by Keane Comments

Last updated : 24 April 2009 By Site Editor

Bruce, father of current Town defender Alex, has welcomed the return of his former Manchester United team-mate Keane to management and believes it can only be good news for the game.

He has played down comments from Keane on his unveiling at Portman Road yesterday afternoon in which the Cork born former Republic of Ireland international appeared to question the achievements of both himself and fellow United star turned Manchester City boss Mark Hughes.

Keane said in Thursday's press conference: "Until an ex-team-mate of mine goes on and really achieves something, then I wouldn't agree about them being a successful manager.

"Who are the good managers you're talking about? Sparky (Hughes) and Brucie haven't won a trophy have they?"

But Bruce responded by welcoming the return of former United skipper Keane to the world of football: "It's fantastic isn't it, absolutely terrific. We've missed him.

"I have to say I'm delighted to see him back. I think football's a better place when he's in it and, for you guys (the media), he's a dream.

"I think it's probably taken out of context what he said yesterday, but I can understand where he comes from.

"The thing about Roy is he always wants to achieve, but it's very difficult to win anything unless you're at one of the big clubs. If you're at a big club, you've got to win something that's for sure.

"But it was a bit surprising to say the least. But I'm glad he's back because he's a great lad underneath it all."

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