'Know your role' - Kevin Kilbane puts a crunching tackle in on Roy Keane after player criticism
Kevin Kilbane has launched a stinging attack on his former Republic of Ireland team-mate Roy Keane, after suggesting he was “bang out of order” to criticise members of the Irish Euro 2016 squad.
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Keane singled out Aiden McGeady and Daryl Murphy as players who had not fulfilled their potential in a press conference outburst that attracted huge coverage in recent days and now he has had a strong rebuke from Kilbane.
Kilbane, who played 110 times for Ireland, was not impressed by Keane's rants, with these comments likely to fan the flames that have been simmering since the controversial statements made following Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat against Belarus in Cork.
“For someone not in the know, they would think we are talking about the Republic of Ireland manager here, but Roy Keane is the assistant manager, that is the point,” Kilbane told the BBC.
“Roy Keane comes out and questions the ability of one of the players in the squad in Aiden McGeady. Having played alongside Roy, if any assistant manager that he played for questioned one of his team-mates or him, he would have been one of the first to go and knock on the manager's door and assistant manager's door and say what are you doing.
“I think Roy was bang out of order with what he said, particularly about Aiden. He is the assistant manager and you have got to know your role.
“Roy is supposed to be the buffer between the players and the manager and all this is going to do is alienate Roy from the players.
“Now I’m sure Roy’s not bothered, he doesn’t care. But you have to have some kind of harmony going into this tournament. Roy has a vital role to play as a buffer to the manager and the players, but he has just got to curb it sometimes. He can’t come out and say what he said about Aiden.”
Keane is certain to respond to Kilbane’s comments when he next faces the media, with this rant on BBC Radio Five Live captured on webcam: