Sunday 16 June 2019

'Roy was never a great professional' - Former Ireland striker launches withering attack on under-fire Keane

Tony Cascarino Photo: David Maher/SPORTSFILE
Tony Cascarino Photo: David Maher/SPORTSFILE
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino has launched a withering attack on his former team-mate Roy Ke ane and suggested he has 'never been a good professional'.

In an outspoken critique that adds to the negativity around the Ireland assistant manager following his high profile spat with Harry Arter and Jonathan Walters, Keane has been chastised by Cascarino in an interview with talkSPORT.

"Everyone keeps talking about Roy being a great professional and demanding the highest standards, but Roy was never a great professional, I can promise you. He was anything but," stated Cascarino.

"What he did and what he has done in the past as a coach is not professional. Having a go at players and getting personal is the massive difference.

"When a coach or a No.2 says he is trying to get the best out of you and he is trying to improve you, every professional footballer would take it on the chin.

"Once it becomes personal and it has done on many, many occasions, that's different."

Keane is not believed to have been asked to resolve his situation with Arter and to try and get the Cardiff player back into the Ireland set-up for the next round of internationals in October and Cascarino suggests Keane has been forced to apologise to Ireland players for previous incidents during his stint as Martin O'Neill's No.2.

"He was asked to apologise to (Aiden) McGeady, (Jeff) Hendrick and (Daryl) Murphy back in 2016, so these things have been happening way too often, so I have no sympathy for Roy.

"A lot of times, he's planned it, to go for someone. Roy gives you a look and you know he's going to launch into someone. He did that in 2002 with Mick McCarthy (at the World Cup) and it's not good for Irish football."

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