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Brady questions logic of O'Neill bringing 'disastrous' Keane into Ireland set-up

Published 07/11/2013 | 21:30

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7 November 2013; Newly appointed Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill with the national jersey in London. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
7 November 2013; Newly appointed Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill with the national jersey in London. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
7 November 2013; Newly appointed Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill with the national jersey in London. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
7 November 2013; Newly appointed Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill with the national jersey in London. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
7 November 2013; Newly appointed Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill with the national jersey in London. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
7 November 2013; Newly appointed Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill with the national jersey in London. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

LIAM BRADY has questioned the logic of Martin O'Neill bringing in Roy Keane as his assistant, citing the Corkman's "disastrous" relationship with players during his stints with Sunderland and Ipswich.

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Brady, who was originally part of Giovanni Trapattoni's back-room staff, is unsure what Keane will bring to the new set-up and also raised doubts about some of the personnel choices he made as a number one.

"I don't understand why he's brought him in," said Brady. "You look at his track record... his relationship with players. Disastrous most of the time.

"His judgment of players? He spent a lot of money on players when he got Sunderland promoted and that wasn't good and at Ipswich again, the same kind of thing.

"People keep saying, he's got great knowledge, but if he's got great knowledge and great leadership abilities, then why didn't he make it in the managerial sphere?" continued the former Irish international.

"The only thing I can think of is that Martin trusts him to give an honest, direct opinion, but we'll have to wait and see."

However, Brady (left), who was speaking on RTE, dismissed the suggestion that Keane's criticisms of players as a TV pundit will present an issue, having gone through that experience himself.

"People want to get on, they want to be playing.

"They want to be in the team, so you've got to conform, do you know what I mean?

"I'll back Martin's judgment," stressed Brady. "But I just hope he hasn't underestimated Keane's presence."

However, Shay Given believes that the example set by O'Neill can allow Keane to learn the people skills that will help him succeed in management.

The former Ireland goalkeeper, who has welcomed the FAI's appointment of the high-profile duo, feels that O'Neill's personality can rub off on his assistant boss.

"Roy can learn off Martin, who is a fantastic manager," said Given. "Some people can be frightened of Roy and the way he speaks and looks at players and they go into their shell, but Martin will only help him to encourage players.

"That's one of Martin's strongest points, man-management.

"I think the key thing John Delaney mentioned as well is that Martin wanted Roy in – he felt Roy could bring something to the squad and the team and the nation and that's the most important thing."

Irish Independent

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