‘Roy Keane doesn’t like people’, blasts former Republic of Ireland striker

first_imgTony Cascarino has slammed Roy Keane for his confrontational coaching style, telling talkSPORT the Republic of Ireland number two ‘doesn’t like people very much’.Ex-Ireland international Cascarino believes the former midfielder’s surly demeanour is ‘part of the problem’ for the national side, after they kicked off their UEFA Nations League campaign with a 4-1 defeat to Wales.Martin O’Neill’s current crop have been described as ‘the worst Republic of Ireland team since the dark days of the 1970s’ after Thursday’s mauling by the Dragons made it a 9-2 deficit over their last two games.Once praised for overachieving in recent decades, this Ireland side appear to be heading back to the times when qualification for a major tournament was a very distant hope.talkSPORT host Cascarino was not impressed by their display against the Welsh, saying the Irish were ‘out-thought, out-battled and tactically second-best’.But he reserved extra criticism for Keane, who has clashed with a number of players throughout his tenure as O’Neill’s assistant coach. Substitute Shaun Williams scored the only goal for Ireland – as they registered just five shots on goal, three on target and only 32% possession against Wales Back on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, the talkSPORT host said on Saturday: “I’m not sticking pins in Roy Keane, but his role is a number two. He’s probably the most famous number two in world football… but he is noted for his outbreaks against certain people.“He goes to press conference and talks to the press and journalists laugh at some of the great lines he always comes out with, but his relationship with the players…“He doesn’t like people very much, I have always said Roy doesn’t have much time for people – he doesn’t.“And history is there between players, managers, chairmen, directors, there’s always something going on with Roy.“Two years ago we played Belarus and he went for a couple of players – Aiden McGeady, Jeff Hendrick and Daryl Murphy.“Roy was asked to give an apology to those three players at that particular time, especial McGeady because he let rip into him.“This is becoming too regular with Roy. 3 “The number one is Martin O’Neill, and the number two to a manager is the guy who coaches the players, gets the best out of them, put his arm around them if need be and be the buffer between the manager and the player.“It’s hard enough being a manager. Martin has got to make the tough decisions of who plays and who doesn’t, but I’m regularly seeing these confrontations with players.“We don’t have the depth of talent in our squad for us to say, ‘he can go, Harry Arter can leave’ – we can’t!“We need everybody, all hands on pump. 3 3 Keane with Rep of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill “We can’t afford to have confrontation between our players and a coach – that’s part of the problem.“We were beaten by a far better team, out-thought, out-battled and tactically we were second-best, so I get all that.“But there’s an ongoing problem between the coach and the players.”Listen back to Tony Cascarino on talkSPORT IN FULL above! Roy Keane was famed for his short fuse as a player HE’S BACK!!! GET IN!!Me and Cas on @talkSPORT UNTIL 11!!YAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!! 💃🏼😁😁😁 pic.twitter.com/ONXzn6y47v— Georgie Bingham (@georgiebingham) September 8, 2018last_img

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