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Roy Keane is not a fan of coaches with a 'nice tan and really white teeth'

Harry Clarke

Published 05/06/2016 | 11:45

Martin O'Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane
Martin O'Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane

Roy Keane has hailed Martin O'Neill's "old school" ways and accused some football club owners of wanting coaches with a "nice tan and really white teeth" instead of controversial managers.

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O'Neill was sacked by Sunderland's American owner, Ellis Short, in 2013 with Paulo di Canio taking over at the Stadium of Light.

“It seems to be coming into the game, more so in England with the amount of foreign owners. Particularly the Americans," said Keane in quotes reported by the Guardian and the Sun.

"They seem to love a coach who’s got the whistle around his neck, a clipboard and a tan, and really white teeth. That gives you a chance.

“Martin is old school, he likes to manage the club, whereas a lot of clubs are employing – it’s even on their contracts now – coaches. I think it’s sad because a lot of clubs don’t need coaches, they need good managers.

“Martin’s a good manager and everyone knows it, they should have just left him alone there.”

Keane came in for some criticism following Ireland's friendly defeat to Belarus in Turner's Cross last week when he said he "wanted to kill some of the players" after the lacklustre display.

But Seamus Coleman has said that the Republic of Ireland players should not require a public dressing down from Roy Keane to remind them what is at stake at the upcoming European Championships.

Coleman, who Keane was comparatively complementary towards, said the Irish squad shouldn't need such visceral tactics to hone their focus.

“I don’t think Roy Keane should have to say that to any of us. As professional footballers we should know to keep our standards up at all times, and that’s coming from Roy. But if all footballers in the squad don’t know that, then there’s something wrong.”

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