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Friday 2 December 2016

John Giles believes Roy Keane should take a leaf out of Alex Ferguson's book

Published 09/06/2016 | 21:06

Roy Keane (left) and Alex Ferguson
Roy Keane (left) and Alex Ferguson

Ireland legend John Giles believes Roy Keane broke an unspoken code of conduct when he criticised a number of Irish players last week and should learned from the experience.

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Aiden McGeady, David Meyler and Jeff Hendrick were in Keane's firing line last week after the 2-1 defeat to Belarus with the Everton winger coming in fro some stinging criticism.

Speaking on Off The Ball on Newstalk this evening, Giles said that the Republic of Ireland assistant boss had made an error in judgement and needs to learn from the fallout following his comments.

Martin O'Neill also found himself in hot water after an ill-advised 'queer' remark.

"It was self-inflicted stuff. They were not footballing matters that had to be commented on. Martin slipped up, there's no doubt about that," Giles said.

"In Roy Keane's case, one of the first things I learned as a manager is never, ever criticise your players in public.

"If you're going have a go at players, have a go at them in the dressingroom because there should be a bond between , especially between assistant managers like Roy, and the players.

"Players can come to assistant managers in circumstances when they couldn't go to the manager. There has to be a confidence in it.

"You can say anything in the confines of the dressingroom, you can have a go at anybody but you protect your players publicly."

Giles claimed that Keane could learn from his old boss Alex Ferguson in how to deal with players and the media.

"I'm not saying that Roy Keane won't make it as a great manager in the future but the standard situation in football is don't criticise your players publicly," he added.

"(Alex) Ferguson, there was always this talk of having a go at players in the dressingroom but I don't remember him ever having a go at them publicly. I'm sure he took the head off them in the dressingroom.

"I think he was wrong to publicly criticise his players, it breaks a  code of conduct between a managerial situation and the players situation.

"He has apologised for that since then and maybe he won't do it again.

"If was gonna go into club management again, it is something he has learned since last week."

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