The Nations League began with a whimper for the Republic of Ireland, a damning 4-1 defeat in Cardiff ensuring the downbeat feeling around Irish football continues and as far as Eamon Dunphy is concerned, it is time for change.
Dunphy was speaking on Virgin Media and declared last night evidence that assistant manager Roy Keane should go. "We are being damaged by Roy Keane as assistant manager. Every time virtually we play he is in the headlines for the wrong reasons."
Martin O'Neill suggested this week the absence of Harry Arter, who had made himself unavailable, stemmed from an altercation he had with Keane earlier this year. Arter was one of the players who missed Thursday's game.
Although he felt Keane should no longer continue in the role, Dunphy was more sympathetic to Martin O'Neill and felt it would "be unfair to say O'Neill should go on the basis of a defeat in Wales with four or five players missing."
CLIP: Eamon Dunphy on the Tonight Show with @cooper_m and @olivercallan calls for Roy Keane to leave assistant manager role saying Irish soccer team is being damaged by him after 4-1 defeat, saying he's in the headlines for the wrong reasons and costing us players #TonightVMT pic.twitter.com/If8uZTaYCL
— The Tonight Show (@TonightVMT) September 6, 2018