Tuesday 20 August 2019

Eamon Dunphy explains why Roy Keane should be prevented from doing 'provocative' press conferences

Eamon Dunphy and Roy Keane
Eamon Dunphy and Roy Keane
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Eamon Dunphy believes Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane should not be allowed to conduct press conferences during international weeks.

Speaking on his latest 'The Stand with Eamon Dunphy' podcast, the outspoken pundit said he was troubled about the former Manchester United captain being placed in front of the media ahead of games.

In the lead-up to the nil-all draw with Wales, Keane claimed that Ireland were going to 'hit' Gareth Bale before clarifying that they would be 'fair' tackles.

In Dunphy's opinion, Keane should be relieved of his media duties with Ireland to focus on coaching.

"The whole thing about Keane giving press conferences is troubling," he said.

"He gave a press conference before the Wales game and when he was asked about Gareth Bale, what he said was, 'we're going to hit him' and then he said, 'Hard, but fairly'.

"The newspapers just took the phrase 'hit him' and that was the headline.

"In my opinion, that would have put ideas into the heads of those in the Welsh camp. We all know how that ended up.

"I don't think Keane should be giving press conferences. Provocative press conferences."

Irish legend John Giles said he believed Keane should not be placed in front of the press but did not blame his Keane's comments for the ill-tempered nature of the Wales game, which ultimately led to Seamus Coleman's broken leg.

"For his own good and Martin good (he should stop). If you asked me who the assistant manager of Wales is. I couldn't tell you," he said.

"There is no other assistant manager that does it.

"I have a slightly different take on it.

"He said 'fairly' and the press reported it (as 'hit him'). That's the fault of the press.

"I thought there was a bit going on before half-time. There was an elbow here and an elbow there and Ireland were definitely the more aggressive. They weren't dirty.

"I believe, for what it's worth, that Coleman said, 'These guys are bullying us' and all managers hate that.

"Any manager will say, 'we've got to respond'."

Liam Brady, who was involved in Giovanni Trapattoni's backroom team, was less critical of the practice and suggested that there may be more to Martin O'Neill's decision to let Keane take questions from journalists.

"It's a long week and when I was with Trapattoni, he used to say to me or Marco (Tardelli) to do it but you do it in a manner that's not going to be controversial.

"You need to be general but Roy just can't be general.

"I don't know whether he sets out to make controversial points to begin with or whether the media lead him down that road and he can't help himself.

"Martin doesn't seem to mind that Roy is causing headlines the next day. There may be method in there handling of these things."

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