The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Keane: I’m sure a lot of the Ir­ish squad don’t like me...that’s fine

- From Craig Hope IN DUBLIN

ROY KEANE sus­pects that some of the Ire­land squad do not like him very much. Not that he cares, he would be dis­ap­pointed if he was pop­u­lar.

Points not pals are the aim of the game for the as­sis­tant man­ager and three more in Dublin against Aus­tria tonight would set them well on their way to next sum­mer’s World Cup fi­nals in Rus­sia.

Keane said: ‘Some­times you try and help play­ers out, whether it be you have a go at them, some­times you give them a pat on the back or some­times leave them alone.

‘You’ve got to get that bal­ance right with the play­ers. Ob­vi­ously the man­ager is bril­liant at it. The key is try­ing to know dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties.

‘I’m pretty sure a lot of the play­ers prob­a­bly don’t par­tic­u­larly like me, so I would keep my dis­tance from them.

‘When we work, we work and when we’re off, we stay away from each other.’ REP OF IRE­LAND (4-2-3-1): West­wood; Christie, Keogh, Duffy, Ward; Arter, Whe­lan; Brady, Hen­drick, McClean; Wal­ters.

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