Delaney cites ‘unreasonable’ boss Keane for speeding offence

IPSWICH TOWN’S Irish defender Damien Delaney has cited “unreasonable” former boss Roy Keane as the reason why he was caught speeding on the way to training in October last year.

Ireland international Delaney was fined £235 (€263), given four points on his licence and ordered to pay £100 (€112) in costs at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on Friday after being clocked travelling at 44mph in a 30mph zone in his Audi A5 in Ipswich’s Tuddenham Road on October 15.

In a letter of mitigation to the court, Delaney says he was anxious not to be late with Keane, famous for his no-nonsense attitude towards tardiness.

“The reason I was going too fast was because I was late for work,” wrote the former QPR, Leicester, Hull and Cork City man.

“I had an unreasonable boss at the time who would not accept lateness and would not have listened to me. I was worried that I was going to be fined two weeks’ wages.”

A month prior to Keane’s January sacking by the Tractor Boys, the club dismissed claims of a training ground bust-up between the pair, while Delaney later said he “didn’t have an issue” with his fellow Cork man during his time in charge at Portman Road.

In February 2008, while manager of Sunderland, Keane transfer-listed former Ireland international Liam Miller forhis continual lateness, while Anthony Stokes was one of three Black Cats players to missthe team bus in March 2007after Keane ordered it to leavefor a game at Barnsley without them.

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