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Sunday 18 February 2018

'Have we banned the WAGs?' Roy Keane unsure of Euro 2016 sleeping arrangements

Roy Keane. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile
Roy Keane. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile

Tom Rooney

Roy Keane is unsure if the Ireland management will follow the lead of their Welsh counterparts in banning players’ significant others from the team hotel during Euro 2016.

Speaking on Tuesday afternoon at FAI headquarters in Abbotstown, the Ireland assistant manager fielded a host of questions regarding Ireland’s preparations ahead of their upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia and, indeed, the European Championships in France this summer.

After addressing the health of the squad, giving his thoughts on future opponents and accounting for the extent of his role in selecting Ireland’s training base in Fota Island, Keane was asked what degree of face time the players will be allocated with their partners over the course of the tournament.

“I don’t know if we’ve banned any WAGs yet, I don’t know. I think the manager mentioned it in the meeting last night and we’ll have a look at it closer to the time.

“We’re working with the senior team and we treat them like men and if there are opportunities for their families to come and visit them, it’ll be open to the players.

“As long, of course, that it’s not silly- three or four days before a game - and if we need to remind anybody that we’re going over there to try and do well in the tournament," he said.”

Of course, as the former skipper of both Ireland and Manchester United, Keane is amply accustomed with being separated from loved ones for prolonged periods. However, in his case, absence often made the collective heart grow fonder.

“In my own experience, when I’ve been away, my family haven’t been too keen to meet up with me so it’s every family to their own. Sometimes they’re glad to see the back of you.”

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