Sunday 25 February 2018

‘He’s a cabaret act’ - Eamon Dunphy in rant at Roy Keane ahead of crunch qualifier

Roy Keane and Eamon Dunphy
Roy Keane and Eamon Dunphy
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Eamon Dunphy has questioned the role of Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane once again, after suggesting his confrontational press conference appearances have turned him into a ‘cabaret act’.

Dunphy and Keane collaborated on a book that was published shortly after his infamous exit from the 2002 World Cup following a row with Ireland boss Mick McCarthy in Saipan, yet their relationship thawed long ago and the animosity that exists between the duo was evident Dunphy’s latest Daily Star column.

“In virtually all of these briefings, Keane has shot his mouth off,” wrote Dunphy. “His job seems to be to do a press conference during the week of internationals - presumably to give the manager a break.

“Picking needless fights. Causing pointless controversies. Distracting from what really matters.

“Keane has become a cabaret act. He's a parody of the great player and leader that he was in his playing days. Now he's just about cheap shots and easy headlines.

"Within minutes of his press briefings starting, Keane is trending on Twitter. Maybe that's his job. To help the FAI's social media profile...

"Keane craves the headlines, worships the soundbites. His presence in the set-up is pointless."

Dunphy also criticised Keane’s comments directed at Kevin Doyle following his retirement from the game due to concerns over concussion, with the Ireland assistant boss attracting controversy by suggesting players who want to avoid injuries should play chess instead of football.

"He didn't deserve the macho nonsense that Keane came out with about football not being chess. Silly guff,” added Dunphy.

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