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KEANO'S VIEW 'The manager would expect to be under pressure' - Roy Keane's cutting verdict on Stephen Kenny


Roy Keane rarely holds back in his role as pundit (Nick Potts/PA)

Roy Keane rarely holds back in his role as pundit (Nick Potts/PA)


Roy Keane rarely holds back in his role as pundit (Nick Potts/PA)

Roy Keane believes Stephen Kenny's position as Republic of Ireland manager is coming under pressure after his team went a sixth game without scoring in a 1-0 defeat against Wales.

Kenny has failed to win any of his first seven games since he took over from Mick McCarthy as senior Ireland manager, with the latest defeat in Cardiff testing the resolve of those who have been determined to back him to succeed in the job.

Yet former Ireland captain Keane has never been one to show sympathy when a manager or player is struggling and he didn't hold back and he gave a cutting verdict on Kenny in his role as an ITV analyst.

"The manager would expect to be under pressure now," he stated. "If that was (Giovanni) Trapattoni or Martin O'Neill, great managers with great CVs, then the current manager should be expected now to be heavily criticised.

"It's tough going for Ireland. This manager has done a lot of talking over the last few years because obviously he knew two or three years ago that he was going to get the job, but the style of play he wants to play with the team, the players are not good enough.

"The lack that belief at international level. I look at them every week and what they are doing at club level and none of them are winning games at club level. So they are finding it very difficult to bring that quality to international level.

"Lack of goals is a huge concern and there are huge problems for Ireland, huge problems."

Keane, who was Ireland assistant manager under Martin O'Neill suggested some of Ireland's defending in the defeat in Cardiff was 'embarrassing', as he picked out Matt Doherty for criticism.

"Doherty spoke after the game against England how it was an embarrassment at the moment and he should be embarrassed with his defending," added Keane, as he reflected on the Wales goal.

"Ireland had some decent possession, but it could have been a lot worse. Darren Randolph made some great saves."

Kenny now needs to see an improved performance from his team in the Nations League game against Bulgaria in Dublin on Wednesday.

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