Tuesday 19 June 2018

O'Neill and Keane have done us proud - and should be lauded

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with assistant manager Roy Keane at training in Abbotstown. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with assistant manager Roy Keane at training in Abbotstown. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
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The recent criticism of the Irish team management of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane, and the tactics employed in the recent away World Cup play off in Copenhagen against Denmark, was way over the top. These two passionate football men learned their trade under those wonderful coaches, the late Brian Clough, at Nottingham Forest, and later with the great Alex Ferguson, at Manchester United, over many years.

To describe either of these two men as a charlatan is very disrespectful and so far off the mark it's laughable. Both of these guys have won the European Cup and the Champions League respectively as players. They also managed Ireland to the recent European Championship finals, beating former World Cup winners Italy along the way.

Some of their harshest critics on TV recently have never played or managed at this level of the game, but feel the need to boost the ratings by making outrageous statements. The ordinary Joe Soap might be fooled into believing their comments, but genuine football people all across the land understand why such tactics were employed in a crucial first leg play-off away game.

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