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Damien Delaney's shower fight - yes, you read that just fine

Ciaran Bradley
Ciaran Bradley

22:01 4 Mar 2021

As shower scenes go, legendary moments in film and TV - Bobby Ewing in Dallas, Norman Bates in Psycho - can now be joined by Damien Delaney.

Delaney told Off The Ball about an argument that got out of hand with a teammate - and ended with them rolling around in the shower.

Delaney said that a reported falling out with Roy Keane does not even feature in his most memorable bust-ups.

"Oh, that one," Delaney says of the Keane incident, "that one isn't even in my top five! There have been a lot of scraps with players.

"I'll tell you one funny one. There was one player - me and him didn't get on. I won't name him.

"He came in the shower and he said something, I said something back. Essentially, it ended up being a fairly big fight in the shower. But there was no-one around to break it up.

"So I was there thinking 'how long is this going to go on for? I don't really want to be doing this now, I wish someone would come in and break this up..'

"But obviously, two lads in the shower all greased up and rolling around - it probably wasn't a pretty sight. Eventually, we just went 'this is pretty silly isn't it?' - that was the end of it.

"It was so weird, it wasn't really a fight, it wasn't pretty anyway!"

Damien Delaney on Steve Bruce

The conversation came up after Steve Bruce's reported training ground back-and-forth with Matt Ritchie.

"A lot of players do fall out with each other and then you shake hands and move on. But there are plenty of players that you wouldn't have speaking relationships with. The team comes first and it is [usually] left there; you don't have to sit down and speak with people, you don't have to have your lunch with them and be their gym partner.

"It goes without saying that it would be better if you don't have those types of scenarios because some people can't leave it to one side and will bring it out on to the training pitch with them. It can become a bit of an issue that needs to get sorted out.

"All in all, it is not a major thing. But Steve Bruce seems to be under an enormous amount of pressure because the owner might pull the trigger to get the new manager bounce. They tried it a few years ago with Shearer and it didn't work out, but I suppose the owner will be looking for someone now that if things deteriorate so badly that he has got someone lined up."

As for his own scrap...

"It was ten times worse than what I said to you there, but I'm not sure we're after the watershed yet!"

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