Matt Doherty launches astonishing attack against Martin O’Neill, Roy Keane

Matt Doherty launches astonishing attack against Martin O’Neill, Roy Keane

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Matt Doherty launches astonishing attack against Martin O’Neill, Roy Keane

The inevitable occured this, with Martin O’Neill’s time as Republic of Ireland manager coming to an end after the 66-year-old resigned.

Both he and assistant boss Roy Keane will leave their roles, leaving the likes of Mick McCarthy, Sam Allardyce and Stephen Kenny as potential contenders for the role.

The fact McCarthy and Allardyce have been linked with the role won’t be music to full-back Matt Doherty’s ears, with the Wolves defender leaving nothing to interpretation with his views on O’Neill and Keane’s coaching style. The 26-year-old was critical of both coaches and their old-school style, describing their methods as “bizarre”.

“Compared to the set-up I have at Wolves, where we have a lot of Portuguese coaches, you could class it as old-school,” he said. When you were away with Ireland, you didn’t really have that much coaching. It was more of five-a-side, or 11-a-side game, and that would be it.

“The day before a game you would do a few set-pieces here and there and then go into the game. You are kind of thinking to yourself, ‘what shape are we going to play?’

“You’d have a few players thinking ‘we’ll play this shape’, or someone else thinking something else. You can’t have that, especially at international football, people not really sure on what their role is the next day.

“It is bizarre, but like I said, it didn’t happen all the time. There were odd occasions when it did happen.”

Doherty also appeared to question Keane’s contribution to the success of the team, adding:  “It wasn’t necessarily a case where he [Keane] has taken the session and was doing shape [work].

“It wasn’t a case of that at all. I guess he was just a back-up to Martin. I wouldn’t say he was much of a hands-on on the training pitch.

“Maybe if he was manager, he might have a bit more responsibility, or feel like he had more responsibility.”

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