Eamon Dunphy has, yet again, questioned the role of Roy Keane in the Ireland national team setup in a pretty brutal verbal attack.
Keane is, of course, assistant manager to Martin O’Neill but his prominence is such that he regularly creates his own headlines and is a regular for pre-match press conferences.
Writing in his Daily Star column on Friday, Dunphy, who ghostwrote Keane’s first autobiography but hasn’t exactly seen eye-to-eye to him for some time now, referred to the former Man United captain as a ‘cabaret act’ and lambasted him for causing needless controversy and essentially picking fights when the team could do without the distraction:
“In virtually all of these briefings, Keane has shot his mouth off.
“His job seems to be to do a press conference during the week of internationals – presumably to give the manager a break.
“Picking needless fights. Causing pointless controversies. Distracting from what really matters.
“Keane has become a cabaret act. He’s a parody of the great player and leader that he was in his playing days. Now he’s just about cheap shots and easy headlines.
“Within minutes of his press briefings starting, Keane is trending on Twitter. Maybe that’s his job. To help the FAI’s social media profile…
“Keane craves the headlines, worships the soundbites. His presence in the set-up is pointless.
“Keane has become a cabaret act. He’s a parody of the great player and leader that he was in his playing days. Now he’s just about cheap shots and easy headlines.”
Dunphy will be on punditry duty with RTE for Ireland’s clashes with Moldova and Wales this weekend, wherein he could well be asked to elaborate further on the above.