The visiting Danish journalist bided his time yesterday before finally popping his question as the media briefing with Roy Keane was drawing to a close, writes Liam Mackey.
And since his long-range mission appeared to centre on probing Keane about Peter Schmeichel — the former Man United keeper, and father of current Danish No. 1 Kasper, with whom the Corkman once famously had a no-holds-barred bust-up — it was always going to be a line of inquiry likely to produce a memorable response.
And, as the following transcript of the ensuing exchange shows, Keane didn’t disappoint.
Danish journalist: Hi, I flew in from Denmark for the preparations for this game and I was just wondering, since you played with Peter Schmeichel, have you been in touch with him ahead of this game?
Roy Keane: No. No, no, no.
DJ: What would you say to him...
RK (bemused): To Peter???
DJ: Yeah, about what to expect from Ireland in this game?
RK (smiling): I’d say fuck all to him. What do you want me to say to him? Is he playing?
RK: He’s not playing, no. I’d say nothing to Peter. What could I say to him? (starts laughing).
DJ: Team-mates sometimes stay in touch...
RK: I don’t keep in touch with Peter. The last time I saw Peter, I’d say it was about a year and a half or two years ago and we had breakfast together in a hotel in London and it was nice. We had a good chat.
Listen, I’ve huge respect for all my ex-team-mates. Through the good and bad times. (Pauses, grins). He started it. He said it himself, he held his hand up, he said he started it. I think he had two pints and got a bit brave, y’know? (Exits to laughter all round).
This story first appeared in the Irish Examiner.