'Roy Keane has become Ireland's very own Donald Trump' - Eamon Dunphy
Published 12/11/2016 | 11:24
Eamon Dunphy has heavily criticised Roy Keane's behaviour in Irish press conferences and compared the Cork native to US president-elect Donald Trump.
The Republic of Ireland assistant manager took aim at Everton boss Ronald Koeman in the row over how James McCarthy's injury concerns are dealt with on international duty.
He slammed Koeman for suggesting that the Irish management team had taken risks with McCarthy's welfare and criticised the training regime and attitude at Goodison Park.
Writing in his column in today's Irish Daily Star, Dunphy suggested that Keane's tactics were attention-seeking and compared him to Trump.
"A reality TV star has been elevated to the US Presidency," he wrote.
"And Roy Keane is our Donald Trump. A reality TV star who never saw a microphone he didn't love.
"Keane craves the headlines, worships the soundbites. We saw that yet again this week when he went in with the studs up on Ronald Koeman."
Dunphy said he believed Keane launched into the rant during the broadcast element of the press conference to guarantee exposure.
He also believes that Keane's actions have put Seamus Coleman in an unenviable position.
"It's very hard to understand why Keane behaves this way. Maybe it's down to some element of narcissism in his personality," he added.
"I really wonder what the Ireland players make of it all. Remember, the Ireland captain, Seamus Coleman is an Everton player. It doesn't do him any favours for the Ireland assistant manager to be behaving this way.
"But Keane does this time and time again in international week after international week. His gargantuan ego demands that he becomes the story."