EAMON DUNPHY launched an astonishing attack on Roy Keane today calling him ‘‘a pain in the arse’’.
Speaking to Richard Keys and Andy Gray on the UK’s TalkSport Radio, Keane’s former ghostwriter said that the Ireland and Manchester United legend should remember that he owes everything to football fans and he should have more respect for them.
He added that Keane was simply ‘‘attention seeking’’ and agreed with the show presenters that he was attempting to put himself in the shop window for vacant managerial jobs in the Premiership and Championship.
‘‘Roy is full of blather,’’ the controversial RTE Euro 2012 analyst added.
Keane had criticised the team and the fans after Ireland’s 4-0 defeat to Spain in Gdansk last Thursday.
He had used his Sunday newspaper column to open fire on Ireland's senior players, stating that Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Damien Duff and John O'Shea are ‘'picked for every game because they have a big reputation. For what? They hadn't qualified for anything in ten years’'.
Trapattoni, Keane, and Duff were asked to respond in yesterday's pre-match press conference, and the Ireland manager took the microphone.
Said Trapatonni: "He's been a very great player. And he also achieved great success. But I don't know if he achieved the same results as a coach and a manager. I can ask him, why? Why? I think, for an intelligent man, I can't understand."
However, after he finished that statement in English, Trapattoni turned to Italian reporters and spoke in his native tongue as he waited for the next question. "Nonha mai vintu un cazzo," he said. "Non ha fatto niente."
When translated from Italian to English, it effectively means, "He's won nothing, for f**k's sake."
The current skipper Robbie Keane, and Duff, both kept their silence, with the former simply stating, "I think we'll leave it at that," after the manager's comments.
Roy Keane last night replied to Trapattoni's outburst.
"I'm surprised. I think the reaction, as usual, is over the top," he said, speaking on ITV.
"I actually never criticised the manager. I said the players need to change their mentality and the supporters, so for the manager to come out and have a dig at me...
"I understand he's going to defend his players. But to come out with all that nonsense about what have I done as a manager -- listen, I think I've done okay at Sunderland, okay it didn't work out at Ipswich, I'm still quite young, hopefully there's a chance I'll get back into management.’’
Meanwhile, Ladbrokes are offering 4/1 that the Corkman will apologise to the Ireland manager before the month is out.
Roy Keane’s comments on Ireland’s performances at Euro 2012 have sparked a strong reaction, particularly from Trapattoni who turned the spotlight on Keane’s managerial career and the ex-Man United Captain has been priced at 25/1 to be appointed the next Ireland manager.
Hayley O’Connor of Ladbrokes said: “There’s plenty of chat about who would replace Trapattoni but we’re not making Roy a short price to take over.”
Ladbrokes are giving 12/1 that the pair will appear together on the Late Late show by 2013.
O’Connor added: “Ratings would hit the roof if they were both to appear on the Late Late and we’re giving 12/1 that it will happen.”
- 25/1 Roy Keane to be the next Republic of Ireland manager.
- 4/1 Roy Keane to publicly apologise to Trapattoni by July 2012.
- 12/1 Trapattoni and Roy Keane to appear on the Late Late by the end of year.