Wednesday 13 December 2017

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane won't go down Trapattoni route

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane
Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane

There is no fear of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane going down the Giovanni Trapattoni route and watching players on DVD.

The former Irish boss came under much scrutiny for his lack of attendance at matches involving Ireland players, preferring to watch DVDs of the action.

But when asked if he prefers to watch the players live on Today FM's Last Word tonight, O’Neill said: “Absolutely, of course. We get a limited view (on TV), don’t see the full picture.

“You take in the whole picture live, it’s precisely what you want to be doing.”

And Keane had similar views. “When you are watching the game live, you get a feel for it,” said Keane.

O'Neill admitted Germany will be strong favourites to win Group D for the Euro Championships.

“They will be strong favourites to win the group. They aren’t the type to rest on their laurels. They will want to win and push on again.

“They are the best team in our group but that doesn’t mean you give up the matches and pack it in."

The pair were in jovial mood on the Matt Cooper show with O’Neill in particular pulling no punches with his satire.

ITV commentator Adrian Chiles was first up for punishment.

When talking about his beachside broadcasts from the Copacabana, O’Neill said: “Chiles has big fat legs, was told to put trousers because he was scaring the audience.”

And his sidekick Keane didn’t escape either.

“We went to see the Christ the Redeemer statue and saw Roy’s head on top of it and that was it.”

Keane himself was also in a relaxed mood as he admitted he was happy to miss his ITV duties and the World Cup to spend time with his family.

“As we all know it’s not the first World Cup I’ve missed out on, it had nothing to do with the facilities.”

Keane added: "I think the group will be very exciting and very tough but like when I was playing, we have to believe we can win every game."

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