Roy Keane slams Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny for Lithuania celebrations
Roy Keane says Stephen Kenny and his team’s celebrations after Troy Parrott’s goal against Lithuania were “way over the top”.
Parrott spared Ireland’s blushes with a stoppage-time winner in a narrow 1-0 win over Baltic State on a night when they had four goals disallowed for offside.
The Tottenham striker, currently on loan at MK Dons, produced his third senior international strike in no time after two-time Chiedozie Ogbene, Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan had their efforts canceled out.
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The goal led to celebrations both on the pitch and on the touchline as Kenny hugged his assistant Keith Andrews, but Keane was unimpressed, reports the Irish mirror.
He said on ITV: “It was an important win. Better late than never, but they worked hard.
“I think the celebrations at the end are way over the top. But an important goal, even for Parrott, is a young player.
“His career is probably at a bit of a standstill. But they kept going. Showed some spirit and a bit of a fight. You take that win. The feel-good factor. Keep it up. Some momentum.
“Honestly. It’s way above. For managers, staff and players. To react that way, to a friendly win. Come on! Move on.”
Keane’s comments come after Andrews dismissed the Manchester United legend’s claim that he was a ‘bulls***ter’.
Keane made a bit of a case for Andrews in an interview two months after Kenny and his fellow Dubliner were promoted from the Irish Under-21s to their senior roles in 2020.
“If I may comment on new Irish staff, I’ve heard a lot of bulls***ters over the last 10 years and Keith Andrews is up there with the best of them,” Keane said, clearly referring to Andrews. work as a media expert.
Irish coach Stephen Kenny celebrates (Image: ©INPHO/Evan Treacy)
The 41-year-old has stepped away from his media work to focus on his duties in Ireland and had not taken on any official team media duties in that role until Monday this week.
Asked about Keane’s comments ahead of Tuesday’s friendly clash with Lithuania, Andrew replied: “You might have to ask him why.
“As far as how it affected me, it didn’t affect me at all.
“I’ve talked before about how passionate I am about this role.
“My conscience would be very, very clean in terms of what I put into it because, other than family life, that’s actually the only thing that matters to me – in terms of improving this team, in in terms of improving Irish football, in terms of giving us a team we are proud to watch.
“Obviously I’ve been a fan, I’ve been a player, that’s my only team – that’s the only team I care about.
“So, no, it didn’t affect me. When you start a new job, the players kick you out pretty quickly, if you’re not up to it.
“So in terms of preparation it was obviously at a high level.”
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