Keane hits out at Irish team…again

Updated: June 17, 2012
Roy Keane

Roy Keane’s love/hate relationship with the Irish football public look set to continue after the outspoken former international hit out once again at Giovanni Trapattoni and his team.

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Just days after his criticism of the Irish team and their supporters in the wake of the 4-0 defeat to Spain, the outspoken Keane has refused to back down and in his column in the Sun continued his claim that the country’s attitude needs to change

I’m sick of this ‘win, lose, we’re on the booze’ mentality. It has to change.

People seem to have misunderstood me. I’ve no problem with fans singing.

It’s great that they back the team during and before games — but should they really stay on long after the final whistle cheering?

There’s a danger that the players think that what has happened on the pitch is acceptable, when it’s not.

I can’t think of one player who has had a good season at club level.

I got in trouble for saying in an interview that some of my team-mates were at the clubs they were at for a reason but it was true… and it’s the same now.

Where is their ambition? Where is their hunger and drive to achieve something?

A couple of years ago Kevin Doyle was linked to Arsenal. Now he’s heading back to the Championship.

Stephen Hunt has been relegated three times in five years.

Their club form is poor and no player has come out of the two games with any credit. Not one.

That’s why there should be 11 changes against Italy tomorrow. At every finals Ireland have been in, there has been a moment to savour.

The former Manchester United captain also hit out at some of the more senior stars in the squad claiming they don’t deserve to be regular’s “The likes of [Robbie] Keane, Shay Given, Richard Dunne, John O’Shea and Damien Duff are picked every game as they have a big reputation.

A reputation for what? They hadn’t qualified for anything in 10 years”

Keane, who has been linked with the vacant managers job at Birmingham, has always maintained an uneasy relationship with the FAI and famously left the Irish set up ahead of the 2002 World Cup in Japan due to the poor facilities and preparation.

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