Saturday 16 December 2017

Eamon Dunphy hits out at Roy Keane over pre-match comments against Austria

Eamon Dunphy and Roy Keane
Eamon Dunphy and Roy Keane

Eamon Dunphy has criticised Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane for his comments ahead of the Austria match when he urged his players to "go to war".

Ahead of the 1-1 draw against the Austrians, Keane spoke about how people have died for their country and added that Ireland were "going to war" against Marcel Koller's men.

Those comments left Dunphy unimpressed with the outspoken pundit insisting Keane should not have provoked the opposition.

"All that 'war' talk out of Keane on Friday. That's wrong. I don't even know who the England assistant manager is and I doubt if you do," Dunphy told RTE Radio's Game On.

"But to be giving press conferences and to be talking about people giving their lives up for their country and all that stuff. You're only giving a present to the opposing team coach. There's something seriously wrong with that administration."

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Ireland's patchy performance against Austria sharpened the knives of pundits and fans alike with Dunphy suggesting it was worse than the latter days under Giovanni Trapattoni.

"It was shocking. It was worse than Trapattoni. I suppose you couldn't be worse than Trapattoni. But it was pretty awful. And it didn't improve much in the second half except we just have the most amazing spirit in that team," said Dunphy.

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