Tuesday 18 June 2019

'I don't know if Roy Keane has any sort of ability as a coach' - Eamon Dunphy

Eamon Dunphy (inset) doesn't think Roy Keane has much input in the Irish setup
Eamon Dunphy (inset) doesn't think Roy Keane has much input in the Irish setup
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Eamon Dunphy believes Roy Keane has had minimal impact and input with Ireland in his three years as Martin O'Neill's assistant coach.

The outspoken pundit believes the former Manchester United and Ireland captain has not shown much coaching ability to date.

He claimed that Keane has failed to have a positive effect on Ireland's central midfielders.

Speaking on Game On on 2FM, he said: "He's been there three years and he doesn't fit into it at all. He just gives press conferences, there is no input.

"James McCarthy and Glenn Whelan are the two midfielders that have played most since O'Neill and Keane took over.

"There was no evidence, as far as I could see, that James McCarthy or Glenn Whelan were better players (for working with them).

"I don't know if Keane has any sort of ability as a coach. The evidence from Sunderland and Ipswich is that he doesn't.

"He gives press conferences to journalists, it's full of colour.

"You see him now on ITV as a pundit . You watch him as a pundit, he is withering. He takes people out for fun and people talk about me, I wouldn't say the things (he does).

"What's he trying to do? Considered analysis or rip people to shreds?"

Dunphy also believes that while O'Neill was a successful manager during his spells with Celtic, Leicester and Aston Villa and led Ireland to Euro 2016, he can no longer call himself a good manager and questioned the Derryman's logic in not starting Wes Hoolahan in the abysmal 5-1 defeat against Denmark and taking off two holding midfielders at the break for two offensive players.

"Martin O'Neill was a very good manager. The question is, 'is he still a good manager?', and the evidence is that he isn't.

"Wes has been left out willfully and stupidly all through the campagin. That tells you something about Martin O'Neill's football values."

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