Sports editor Mark Lea’s column: Pietersen and Keane happy to tell tales

File photo dated 30/05/2013 of England's Kevin Pietersen. ENGPPP00220130507161125
File photo dated 30/05/2013 of England's Kevin Pietersen. ENGPPP00220130507161125
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Who needs friends when you are looking to sell copies of an autobiography?

Kevin Pietersen and Roy Keane certainly come across as people who couldn’t care less what anyone else thinks.

You assume they don’t need to earn more money after very successful careers.

Yet they are quite prepared to tell tales of what may or may not have happened in the dressing room.

Pietersen says he wrote his book to get across his side of the story following years of ‘character assassinations’.

Then the South Africa-born former England cricket star goes on to accuse Matt Prior of ‘double standards’ and ‘back-stabbing’ while also making allegations of bullying in the camp.

Keane, meanwhile, says Sir Alex Ferguson was wrong to criticise ex-footballers like himself and David Beckham.

However, the former Manchester United captain – in the updated version of his autobiography – seems to think it’s acceptable to say what he likes about anyone.

Instead of hitting the headlines about what went on behind the scenes, we should recall the records and titles for Pietersen and Keane on the pitch.

There is a chance they will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Not that they would really care at all, of course.