Don’t blame Gallas — he was trying to do a captain’s job
“There’s a lot of cover-ups sometimes and players need to stand up and be counted. I’m not sure that happens a lot at this club.” — Roy Keane, May 7, 2002.
“When you play for Manchester United nothing should interfere with what you are doing during the week and during a match. I have felt that one or two of the younger players have slackened off in training. I have not been happy about it. I have said it to them but maybe I have had to say it in public for them to sit up and take notice.” — Roy Keane, Feb 19, 2004.
And he did it again in 2005.
Gallas was doing the job of a captain at a club without a trophy since 2005.
Alright, Gallas is no Keano, but we cannot blame him for trying.
After all, it can get a lot worse in Germany. I remember in 1999 Bixente Lizarazu reportedly slapping Lothar Matthaeus in the face during a training session at Bayern Munich.
Perhaps some people will see a pattern emerging, and seek to blame the French, but then you may also remember the Italian Giovanni Trapattoni criticising players by name.
PHOTO: William Gallas trains with Arsenal, November 24, 2008. REUTERS/ Eddie Keogh