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'He sends me his columns... not last weekend' - John O'Shea refutes Stephen Hunt's claims

Published 06/10/2015 | 20:22

15 November 2011; Republic of Ireland's John O'Shea, left, and team-mate Stephen Hunt celebrate in the dressing room after the game. UEFA EURO2012 Qualifying Play-off 2nd leg, Republic of Ireland v Estonia, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
15 November 2011; Republic of Ireland's John O'Shea, left, and team-mate Stephen Hunt celebrate in the dressing room after the game. UEFA EURO2012 Qualifying Play-off 2nd leg, Republic of Ireland v Estonia, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Sunday Independent columnist Stephen Hunt claimed Ireland under Martin O'Neill have not looked sure of their gameplan at times - but John O'Shea disagrees.

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Hunt used his column in the Sunday Independent at the weekend to compare Giovanni Trapattoni's approach to what appears to be happening under O'Neill's reign.

He wrote: "We understood what Trap wanted, it was hard not to. I was talking about Trap and Martin O'Neill with a friend last week and he said "you must have known what Trap wanted from you after six months." I said we knew what he wanted after two weeks.

"There was a great rigidity about his side but as I look at O'Neill's team I'm a bit more confused. I'm not sure what he wants from the team and I wonder if the players know either.

"O'Neill is nearly two years into the job and still it is hard to get a sense of what his Ireland side is supposed to be. There have been moments when you could be encouraged and moments when all you could do is despair but spotting the link between them has been the hardest thing of all."

Speaking on Off The Ball on Newstalk this evening, John O'Shea disagreed with Hunt's assertion but joked that he must have written something he didn't want him to hear when he didn't receive a copy from the Waterford man.

"Not last weekend, he normally sends me on his other stuff... he must have said something negative this time," O'Shea said

"There are two games to go in a very tough group and we have a chance of automatic qualification so we must be grasping something. I would sligtly disagree with Stephen on that one.

"New managers, bring new styles, different ideas."

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