Ex-Sunderland man details Roy Keane scuffle with former Middlesbrough player at Academy of Light

The former Sunderland man has recalled a Roy Keane scuffle with Graham Kavanagh.
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Former Sunderland man Greg Halford has detailed a scuffle between Roy Keane and ex-Middlesbrough player Graham Kavanagh.

Halford spent two years on Wearside having been signed for the Black Cats by Roy Keane in 2007 for a reported fee of around £2.5million to £3.5million.

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However, the defender managed just nine appearances at the Stadium of Light before joining Wolves in 2009.

Talking on Undr The Cosh, Halford recalled being called to Keane’s office and stumbling upon Keane and Kavanagh having a full-blown scrimmage.

Halford explained: “One time, I was going into his office and Graham Kavanagh was in there before me. I’m sitting outside hearing all this shouting, tables moving and walls shaking. I was thinking ‘I don’t want to go in here next’

“Kavs came out with a ripped shirt, sweating. I asked him ‘what the f*** happened?’ and he said ‘I had him [Keane] up against the wall and he was trying to rip my shirt off’.

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“I was s****ing myself going in. He’s just coming out of a fight with Kavs - and he’s lost!”

The 38-year-old has managed nearly 600 career appearances for clubs such as Portsmouth, Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest and is now playing for Hashtag United.

Halford was part of the Cardiff City side that won promotion to the Premier League under Neil Warnock after a second-place finish in the Championship at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Halford's other former clubs include Sheffield United, Aberdeen, Birmingham City, Rotherham United and Charlton Athletic.