Roy Keane lambasts Everton while stating he 'couldn't care less' about Koeman's opinions
The Ireland assistant manager had some choice words for Everton boss Ronald Koeman at a pre-World Cup qualifier press conference this afternoon.
Keane was speaking to the press today ahead of Ireland's crunch World Cup qualifier away to Austria on Saturday.
A war of words erupted between Martin O'Neill and Koeman over Ireland midfielder James McCarthy last week as the Dutchman advised his player to concentrate on getting fit for his club rather than travel with the Boys in Green.
"First be fit, train with your club and then you're ready for the national team and not vice versa," Koeman said.
"It's always difficult because the player is between Ireland and between Everton but I think first of all you need to do what is the best for your club."
McCarthy has since been ruled out of Vienna showdown through injury but quizzed today, Keane shed some light on Ireland's relationship with the Merseyside club:
Roy Keane on Everton: "We've had a problem with Martinez previously... I always felt the Everton players were going to turn up on crutches."— The42.ie Football (@football_ie) November 8, 2016
The Manchester United legend took a severe swipe at the Toffees, suggesting that perhaps the club need to focus on in-house issues rather than getting into arguments over international duty:
Roy Keane on problems with Everton-'I'm not sure when they last won a trophy, maybe as a club, maybe their players need to toughen up a bit'— Dion Fanning (@dionfanning) November 8, 2016
While also chastising Everton for attempting to stop McCarthy joining up with the Irish squad as he showed his disdain for Koeman:
Roy Keane talking Everton today; he's warming up.— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) November 8, 2016
"They shouldn't be so quick to stop Irish players coming to play for Ireland."
Roy Keane "Couldn't care less about Ronald Koeman's views" When asked about James McCarthy pic.twitter.com/80GGBuceyS— FM104 (@FM104) November 8, 2016
O'Neill named his final squad for the trip to Austria yesterday, with both new Dundalk call-ups Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle making the cut: