Thursday 12 December 2019

O'Neill and Keane have created a family spirit, says Niall Quinn

Niall Quinn is impressed by the team spirit O'Neill and Keane have created.
Niall Quinn is impressed by the team spirit O'Neill and Keane have created.

KIRSTY BLAKE KNOX

Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill’s “hands-on” managerial approach has created a “family atmosphere” in the Irish squad – according to former football legend Niall Quinn.

Former Irish international player Quinn believes Keane’s presence has boosted moral amongst Irish players.

“They are trying to create a family atmosphere – they’re in the thick of it going to the matches, meeting the players,” Quinn told the Irish Independent.

“That ‘hands on’ approach generates a desire, commitment and craving amongst the players to be part of the team.”

Quinn compared the duos managerial technique to former Irish coach Jack Charlton. “He’d call down to the players lounge and talk to me about my game - it gave me a huge lift.

“Keane is an inspirational guy,” Quinn continued. “He’s talking a lot of sense; both him and O’Neill are turning the likes of James McCarthy from decent prospects into international players. There is a great synergy between them.”

The former international player was talking at the launch of the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards which uses unclaimed passenger change to fund grassroots voluntary groups around the greater Dublin area.

Since 2004, close to 1500 voluntary groups have benefitted from the Awards. Quinn believes the Community Spirit Awards have had a profoundly positive impact on both local communities and Dublin Bus.

“Vandalism on the buses has decreased because people now know that the people running them aren't just ferrying them in and out of town, they are helping the community,” he said.

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