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O'Neill hails 'inspirational' assistant Roy Keane

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane. Credit: PA

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has admitted he could not ask any more of assistant Roy Keane.

O'Neill catapulted the nation firmly into the headlines when he invited the former Ireland and Manchester United captain, who 11 years earlier had left the World Cup squad in the Far East after a spectacular fall-out with then boss Mick McCarthy, to be his number two back in November 2013.

Four years on, the pair are battling to guide their team to the finals of a second successive major tournament, and the manager believes his decision has been fully justified.

He said: "Roy has been everything I expected of him when I chose him as the assistant manager. I didn't pretend to know him that well - we had worked together on some programmes before that.

"But he is everything that I expected of him and more besides, an inspirational figure on the field, as he was, a hero to a lot of players who are in the squad at this moment and a big figure, not just for Irish football, but for world football.

"All of those things, he has continued to bring and I couldn't ask any more of him."

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Man Utd legend admits he finds Mourinho 'really irritating'

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Roy Keane believes Jose Mourinho seems like a good fit for Man United even though he isn’t the Portuguese manager’s biggest fan.

The Old Trafford legend was asked for his thoughts on United’s new head coach during ITV’s Champions League highlights show on Saturday night.

“He was always going to be a good option when United didn’t qualify for the Champions League,” Keane said.

“Fantastic CV and seems like a good fit. Maybe not for me. He’s not my kind of cuppa tea. I find him really irritating when I’ve coached against him, but that’s just a personal thing."

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Roy Keane cleared over 'road rage incident'

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has been found not guilty of aggressively confronting a taxi driver in an alleged road rage incident.

Roy Keane leaves court after being cleared over the road-rage incident Credit: PA Wire

Keane denied allegations he had flicked a 'V' sign at taxi driver Fateh Kerar, who had accused the former footballer of swearing and staring as both parked up in Altrincham, Cheshire, in January this year.

The 43-year-old gave no reaction at Manchester Magistrates' Court as he was cleared of a charge of causing harassment, alarm or distress to Mr Kerar.

District Judge Duncan Birrell said there was something of the "thwarted fan" about Mr Kerar and Keane's lawyer described the whole incident as a "storm in a tea cup".

Dismissing the case against Keane, the judge said the evidence was "riddled with inconsistencies and improbabilities".

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