It was only an innocent question about one of his dogs.
‘There’s no bl**dy way I’m telling yeh that,’ was the bark I got back from Roy Keane after asking the name of his German Shepherd.
Considering the interview was about the Evening Star’s Guide Dogs for the Blind Appeal, it had been relevant.
But in that 2010 encounter I saw the Jekyl-and-Hyde nature of the man, who minutes later was pledging £350 to complete a £25,000 appeal.
With his second book out over the international break, it has provided plenty of talking points.
And it reveals what I saw a glimpse of; he suffered from not being a people person in his 18 months in Suffolk.
At a club built on family foundations, that was always going to be a marriage made in hell.
In fairness, his book also reveals other problems, such as how haphazardly transfers were conducted — see Márton Fülöp and Shaun Derry.
On Saturday we come face-to-face with Keane’s biggest mistake, as Jordan Rhodes returns with Blackburn Rovers (3pm).
But at least now there is the comfort of having our own free-scoring strikers.
Let’s hope the manager-of-the-month curse does not strike Mick McCarthy, whose award — along with Tyrone Mings’ player-of-the-month gong, was richly deserved.
The BBC’s Price of Football survey again highlighted the club has much work to do on making a trip to Portman Road more affordable.
Five Premier League teams offering a cheaper day out, the least expensive match-day ticket being the eighth highest in the Championship and our most expensive season ticket being the second highest, were just some of the findings I Tweeted on Tuesday.
Attendances have fallen sharply, and is it any wonder?