Thursday 29 September 2016

WATCH: 'Get Brendan Grace to do the the press conferences' - Eamon Dunphy slams Roy Keane

Published 21/06/2016 | 08:37

Roy Keane and Eamon Dunphy
Roy Keane and Eamon Dunphy

Eamon Dunphy has heavily criticised Roy Keane's impact on the Irish midfielders at his disposal over his three years as Republic of Ireland assistant boss.

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James McCarthy and Glenn Whelan have been Ireland's preferred midfield partnership through qualifying and since Euro 2016 has begun but the RTE pundit can't see any improvement in either player, since they began work with Keane in October 2013.

Dunphy urged Keane to focus his time on coaching his players rather than cracking jokes in press conferences.

"Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill have been in this job for almost three years, three years in October," Dunphy said.

"Roy Keane was one of the greatest players in the history of the game and an awful lot of that was because he had the head and the huger but he had a football brain.

"When he clattered Marc Overmars in the first minute at Lansdowne Road in 2001, that was what we needed.

"He's had James McCarthy and Glenn Whelan for almost three years and there is no perceptible change in their play at all.

"He had a decent game against Sweden but fundamentally he's the same Glenn Whelan

"What does he do, Roy Keane? Give good press conferences. I want more than that."

Dunphy used the example of Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill as a coach who has improved the quality of the players under his care.

"Have you seen the job Michael O'Neill has done with Northern Ireland? He's imparting knowledge, he's imparting shape, his team's look like team's and he has improved players.

"What would be really intriguing rather than a press conference with a few funnies, get Brendan Grace to do the press conferences and get Roy Keane to do the coaching.

"Is he there to give press conference or is he there to work and impart knowledge to young guys who would have worshipped him and would listen to him and improve their performance?"

We may need some Overmars tackles when we face Italy in Lille tomorrow night needing a win to make the last 16 at Euro 2016.

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