Roy Keane sympathises with Stephen Kenny over Ireland woes

Roy Keane sympathises with Stephen Kenny over Ireland woes

FORMER IRELAND captain Roy Keane has expressed sympathy for Stephen Kenny, after what was a terrible seven days for Irish football.

He said that Ireland must now be at "rock bottom", after losses to Serbia and Luxembourg in the space of four days.

Speaking on ITV while doing punditry for England's game against Albania, he said that Kenny doesn't have a lot to work with in terms of personnel.

He said: "There was a real lack of quality on the pitch and the reality is that a lot of these players are playing at Championship level in England, not in the Premier League.

"For me, it’s a big concern when your best player in Seamus Coleman is a full-back. It’s not a good sign."

Discussing Kenny's philosophy, he said: "He obviously has got his way of playing. He’s trying to play with more possession, and he’s trying to get that through to the players and the team.

“I have to say the stats are scary when you look at lack of goals and lack of goalscorers.

"But as much as it’s been tough for Stephen Kenny, and it has been tough going for him, I always go back to what he’s got to work with.

"I analyse all the Irish players nearly every weekend and none of them are doing too much at club level.

"Okay, they are doing okay and they’re honest. But a lot of them are playing in the Championship and when they turn up for Ireland and the manager only has them for three or four days, it’s going to be very difficult.

“Then, when the manager is trying to bring in this style of play, with possession, it’s very, very difficult for him, especially if the players are not up to it.

"The best player Ireland have got by far is Seamus Coleman, and he plays at a brilliant club in Everton. But even Everton don’t play European football and don’t really challenge for trophies. It’s tough. I think it’s a long way back for Ireland."

Roy Keane has been heavily linked with the Celtic job, with fellow former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt rumoured to be his assistant.

A recent poll saw Keano named the greatest captain in Premier League history.