Keane has say on PNE loan recalls

Roy Keane during his book launch
Roy Keane during his book launch
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Preston North End losing five loan players in one fell swoop after the sacking of Darren Ferguson was one of the topics covered by Roy Keane at the launch of his autobiography in Dublin on Thursday.

Keane used the recall of the five - three by Manchester United and two by Stoke City - as an example of how, in his opinion, former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had an influence over other managers.

During the 2010/11 season, Darren Ferguson had taken Matty James, Josh King and Ritchie de Laet on loan from United where his dad Sir Alex was manager.

Danny Push and Michael Tonge were also borrowed from Stoke City as Fergie Jnr desperately sought to haul PNE out of danger.

But when he was sacked in December 2010, James, King and de Laet had their loans cut short by United the following day.

Stoke, managed at the time by Tony Pulis, then recalled Pugh and Tonge before their loans were due to finish.

Speaking at the launch of ‘The Second Half’ at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, Keane said of Sir Alex Ferguson: “I think a lot of managers would probably be intimidated by him, probably bow to him.

“I think a lot of managers are heavily influenced by him of course.

“(Roberto) Martinez reckons he was misquoted a few years ago when he said Ferguson had his disciples but he obviously does.

“When a manager takes players from being on loan - I think it was Preston - when his son (Darren) got the sack.

“And all of a sudden, all the players are being brought back from their loans.”