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No gag on Roy

MARTIN O'NEILL has given Roy Keane the freedom to speak his mind and never contemplated the notion of issuing him with a gagging order.

"I am going to try and clear something up here I am not Roy's father, absolutely not. He can look after himself. He can say what he wants, seriously he is under absolutely no gagging at all," said O'Neill.

However, O'Neill is contemplating a tweeting ban, on match days at least, for his players.

"I would like to but I don't want to be coming over . . . look I'm not a dinosaur in these things but if it's causing a problem . . .

"I used to think it was a bit of fun but it's become quite serious. I know from James's (McClean) twitters away back at Sunderland. I said to him: 'Hold on, just stay out of it, not everybody in the North East knows who the Wolfe Tones are'.

"I think Shane Long's tweeted something. It was the first thing I said to him, I hope you're not going to be tweeting near me."

O'Neill also confirmed that he plans to go to see Stephen Ireland play to assess his form in the flesh and that this will happen soon.