Belfast Telegraph

Martin O'Neill: Roy Keane has said sorry to Republic of Ireland stars after outburst

By Daniel McDonnell

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill says that Roy Keane has apologised to the players he criticised after last week's friendly defeat to Belarus.

O'Neill's No.2 pulled no punches as he dissected the Cork display, with Jeff Hendrick, Daryl Murphy and Aiden McGeady on the receiving end of a public dressing-down.

"He's apologised to the players and they've accepted it," said O'Neill. "I think some of them are even echoing what James McClean said - it bucks you up. Roy has spoken to them. I think he felt he was over the top."

Keane's comments about McGeady raised eyebrows, with the assistant suggesting the Glaswegian's underwhelming display was the 'story of his career'.

O'Neill, who also apologised for making inappropriate comments last week, added: "People like to be praised, but have to take a bit of criticism on the chin too and I think he appreciated the apology from Roy."

Belfast Telegraph