Roy Keane lambasts Everton while stating he 'couldn't care less' about Koeman's opinions

Keane in training at the NSC, Abbotstown, Dublin today
Keane in training at the NSC, Abbotstown, Dublin today

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:

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:

While also chastising Everton for attempting to stop McCarthy joining up with the Irish squad as he showed his disdain for Koeman:

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: