Friday 19 January 2018

Roy Keane to take in two games on bumper St Stephen's Day

Irish assistant boss to clock up the miles as he takes in two games while O'Neill's watching brief brings him to Tottenham

19 November 2013; Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during the pre-match warm up. Friendly International, Poland v Republic of Ireland, Municipal Stadium, Poznan, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
19 November 2013; Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during the pre-match warm up. Friendly International, Poland v Republic of Ireland, Municipal Stadium, Poznan, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

ROY KEANE will feast on a double helping of Christmas football today with the Irish assistant getting back to work quickly by taking in a pair of St Stephen's Day matches. While Martin O'Neill will be in London having a look at Shane Long in action for West Brom at White Hart Lane, Keane is set to attend two matches in the English midlands.

He'll take in the 3.0 Premier League meeting of Aston Villa and Crystal Palace at Villa Park, a game that could feature centre-half options Ciaran Clark and Damien Delaney on opposite sides.

Then, the Corkman will make the 51-mile journey to watch his former club Nottingham Forest host QPR in a 7.30 Championship clash. Andy Reid and Simon Cox should be involved for Forest as they seek to break down a defence marshalled by Richard Dunne. O'Neill had a look at Dunne last Saturday as Harry Redknapp's men suffered a disappointing reverse at home to Leicester.

Since their appointment at the beginning of November, the new managerial duo have made it their priority to attend matches every weekend, a contrast from Giovanni Trapattoni's stance, with the Italian eventually ordered to travel to England more regularly by the FAI.

Keane is a regular visitor to the City Ground and will have noted Cox's recent run of form.

The 26-year-old has scored four in his last seven outings for Billy Davies' promotion chasers, although they come into this fixture on the back of two scoreless draws. Cox missed out on the first gathering of the new regime but that squad was selected by caretaker boss Noel King.

Irish Independent

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