“His old-fashioned approach had been exposed.”
Eamon Dunphy has said that Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane are finished at the top level of football management and that they are “yesterday’s men.”
Dunphy made the comments following the departure of both men from their positions at Nottingham Forest.
On Friday, O’Neill was dismissed by the Championship club after just five months in charge. Keane left his role as O’Neill’s assistant earlier in the week.
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— Pundit Arena (@PunditArena) June 28, 2019
In 19 games under the former Republic of Ireland manager, Forest won eight times, lost eight and recorded three draws as they missed out a playoff spot and finished ninth in the Championship.
O’Neill took charge of the first week of Forest’s pre-season. However, on Friday, he was dismissed and replaced by Sabri Lamouchi, the former Rennes and Ivory Coast manager.
According to several reports, O’Neill lost the dressing room and the club took action after some of the senior players delivered an “overwhelmingly negative” appraisal of his management. Dunphy hasn’t been kind to him either.
“These guys are way behind the curve. They’re yesterday’s men,” the former RTE pundit said about O’Neill and Keane in his column in Saturday’s Irish Daily Star.
“Unfortunately for O’Neill, there is simply no place in the modern game for his style of management. I cannot see him getting another job. I would say the same for Keane only that there are enough madmen in charge of clubs these days.”
Dunphy was the ghost-writer for Keane’s first autobiography. But he has been a frequent critic of former Manchester United captain and O’Neill. The veteran broadcaster also wrote that the pair’s five-year stint as the Ireland management team was a “marriage of convenience, a gimmick to get bums on seats.”
You can read Dunphy’s column in Saturday’s Irish Daily Star.