Monday 23 September 2019

'Roy Keane approves’ - Ireland’s Superman/kitman reveals assistant manager happy with dressing room antics

Republic of Ireland equipment officer Dick Redmond and players celebrate in the dressingroom after the game.
Republic of Ireland equipment officer Dick Redmond and players celebrate in the dressingroom after the game.

Declan Whooley

Irish kitman Dick Redmond says Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane have created a positive environment in camp and enjoyed his costume antics following Euro 2016 qualification last Monday night.

The Boys in Green booked their place in France next summer after defeating Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 at the Avaiva Stadium following on from the 1-1 draw in Zenica and one picture in particular hogged the limelight from the post-match celebrations.

The popular Redmond was pictured in a ‘Superman’ costume that subsequently went missing as the celebrations continued into the early hours in Dublin.

Redmond, along with Irish international David Meyler, appeared on Soccer AM on Sky Sports this morning and admitted that he hadn't told anyone what he had planned on doing if Ireland qualified.

“Nobody knew,” Redmond explained. “I didn’t know there was a video guy there. I knew there was a camera man there so it was just so natural then. I just went to where the lads were and I ended up with more Carlsberg on me than anything else.”

Redmond told viewers that maintaining a positive morale is an important part of his role.

“It does help, the whole backroom team are so nice and so much fun and the bit of fun and banter helps here and there. It’s like one big family; we go to the pictures together, we eat together you. There’s a good group there.”

Asked if Keane approved of the light-hearted antics, Redmond insisted the assistant manager has a great sense of humour.

“He does actually [approve],” he says. “He’s actually a very funny guy and so is Martin. The banter has to be there. It can’t be all serious. But, when the chips are down, it’s serious and everything has to be spot on for Roy and Martin. And that goes right from my end of it to the players’ end of it.”

The one drawback from a terrific week for Redmond was the fact that he lost the red cape from his Superman costume in Copper Face Jacks but he's hoping to have it returned.

"I brought in my Superman cape and I had it at the bar and I had a few cups of tea and later I went to put it on for a bit of craic and it was gone," he added.

"We have a Twitter appeal out, so if anybody knows where the cape is, get in touch.

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