Eamon Dunphy has hit out at Roy Keane following the former Ireland captain’s controversial comments earlier this week.
The former Manchester United captain was the main guest at an Off The Ball event earlier this week and proceeded to air his views on a varying range of topics ranging from Alex Ferguson to Jason McAteer.
However, it was Keane’s comments on Jon Walters that many have taken umbrage with after the former Ireland assistant appeared to mock Walters over speaking out about family tragedies.
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Roy Keane has had his say on his disputes with Walters, Arter and Ward. He hasn't held back 😳🤯👉 “I’ll give you an example. Jon Walters, the last two or three years… Jon does a lot of talking, it’s amazing. Harry Arter, he went to Cardiff on loan, got relegated. Wardy can’t get in the Stoke team at the moment, (they are) bottom of the league. Imagine if Jon won a trophy. He talks a good game. He goes on the TV, on about how he was harshly treated by me. Not kicking a ball for Burnley for two or three years. On TV, crying about his family situation. You know, how about lying low for a while, taking it easy? Have a look at his medals. Wouldn’t take long. Ironically, two or three years ago when his career was coming to the end, he went to Ipswich on loan. I was laughing my head off. When we were beaten by Wales, he didn’t have a good game. Wardy didn’t have a good game. They need to go back and watch how bad they were." (Quotes via Off The Ball).
“On TV, crying about his family situation. You know, how about lying low for a while, taking it easy? Have a look at his medals. Wouldn’t take long. Ironically, two or three years ago when his career was coming to the end, he went to Ipswich on loan. I was laughing my head off,” said Keane.
Following this, Eamon Dunphy has fired back at Keane. Writing in his weekly column with The Daily Star, Dunphy described Keane as a disgrace following his comments on Walters. He also claimed that the former Ireland star has nothing to offer as a manager.
“I saw Walters’ interview on The Late Late Show and he came across as a very decent, very professional and very humble man. He spoke movingly about the tragedies that have hit his family, and it’s disgraceful that Keane saw fit to belittle him over this.
“Keane does this all the time. He picks fights and gets nasty with all sorts of people
“He says he wants to go back into management. Any club owner willing to take a punt on him would be mad – Keane has nothing to offer as a manager.”
Dunphy criticised Keane for not being able to let go of the past and wondered whether his behaviour in Ireland camp was ultimately what swayed Declan Rice’s decision to defect to England.
“He cannot let things go. He cannot move on from the past. I still wonder whether his behaviour on the training ground contributed to Declan Rice’s decision to leave the Ireland set-up.
“Given what we have heard of Keane’s way with players, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if that was the case. Keane is just not suited to management. To be a good manager you have to be able to deal with people, work with them on a human level. Keane doesn’t have a clue how to do that.”
The former RTÉ analyst rounded off his column by claiming Keane was nothing but a pathetic, grumpy old man.
“The Corkman also made a disparaging remark about the lack of medals in the Ireland squad. This shows how unsuited he is to coaching and management. Look at the Liverpool squad that have made such great strides under Jurgen Klopp. Up until June, most of them had never won a medal. But they kicked on due to great coaching and great management – two things that Keane know nothing about.
“He’s yesterday’s man and has turned into a pathetic, grumpy old man.”