Higginbotham played under Keane at Sunderland a few seasons ago and has revealed that the Irishman once used an unconventional method of motivating his players during the Black Cats' clash against Aston Villa back in 2007 by saying that his own players were s***.
In his autobiography, 'Rise of The Underdog: My Life Inside Football', the former Manchester United defender wrote that Keane delivered the following team talk: "Listen lads,' he said. 'Basically you're s***. Try and enjoy the game. You're probably going to get beat. But just enjoy being s***.
"Then he just walked out. Those words have got to be insulting to any professional, no matter who they come from, and I'll admit it served as the perfect motivation to get out there and prove him wrong. I scored after 10 minutes and we were leading at half-time. We ended up drawing."
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