Saturday 10 December 2016

Roy Keane refuses to reveal what he said to Aiden McGeady in 'private' chat

Published 07/06/2016 | 15:12

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press conference at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press conference at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has refused to give any details of conversations he has had with players since his outburst following the disappointing defeat to Belarus.

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O'Neill's No 2 pulled no punches as he dissected the Cork display, with Jeff Hendrick, Daryl Murphy and Aiden McGeady on the receiving end of a public dressing-down.

McGeady came in for particular criticism, with Keane stating that the Glaswegian "can do a lot better but maybe that's the story of Aiden's career."

Martin O'Neill revealed yesterday that Keane had apologised to the players.

Asked to elaborate today, Keane said: "I'm not going into what I say and don't say to the players privately. I've spoken to a few of the players, not just Aiden, and I've done that throughout my career.

"I've no problem in speaking to players, staff members, if I feel I've gone overboard. That isn't an issue for me. I'm not going into any sort of conversations I would have had with individuals or group of players. That's private, we move on, we get ready for next week."

Keane said that Jon Walters was Ireland's main injury concern heading into Monday's crucial clash with Sweden but was improving.

Walters’ Achilles strain saw him miss another session as he instead trained at the gym and did some light running.

“It’s not ideal of course but I think he’s feeling better in himself," Roy Keane told RTÉ Sport. "The medical staff are looking after him and there has been improvement.

“Jon is a lot more positive about it and we’re probably looking more towards the end of the week.

“Jon’s a fit lad anyway so hopefully that won’t be a problem for next week. Obviously, the closer we get to the game, Jon would be the biggest worry but we’ll play it by ear, day to day.

“But in his body language he’s a lot more positive than he was a few days ago."

Robbie Brady sat out training as a precaution after suffering back spasm at the weekend, while Robbie Keane trained with the squad again.

“Robbie (Brady) is fine," said the assistant boss. "I think he was even tempted to train today but with the travelling tomorrow he’ll have almost another day’s recovery.

“So it was really just a precaution for Robbie Brady. I wouldn’t be worried one bit, he’ll be fine.

“Robbie (Keane) joined in, started and finished the session, Jon Walters did a light jog.

“They’re important players for us and have a big part to play in the campaign. Jon is a big character for us, Robbie has done really well, particularly on his set-plays etc, so we hope they’ll be ready for next week.”

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