Thursday 22 February 2018

Irwin and Schmeichel: Keane’s appointment great for the country

Former United teammates speak during visit to school in inner city Dublin today

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

HIS appointment to the post of Ireland’s assistant manager has been a topic of national conversation and today Roy Keane’s former

Manchester United team mate Denis Irwin commended his fellow Cork native for his efforts with the players so far.

Irwin said that while it’s been a “whirlwind” start for Keane, he thinks the dynamic duo of Martin O’Neill and his right-hand man will do wonders for the national side.

“It’s been a whirlwind start for Roy, but the Latvia game went perfectly well. The Poland game was always going to be a bit tougher, they battled hard as you’d expect with any Irish team. I think they would’ve learnt a lot more from that,” Irwin said.

“It’s a good start, the next game is not for another four months, but it’s great for the country.”

Irwin was speaking from the rooftop playground of the Rutland National School in Dublin’s inner city today, where he and former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel spent time with 30 of the pupils and showed them a trick or two for the field.

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