Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane walked out of a press conference on Sunday after answering a series of pointed questions from reporters regarding the distractions that Keano is causing to national team manager Martin O’Neill and the team’s campaign in Euro 2016 qualification.
Most of the questions revolve around the incident that happened last week outside the team hotel after Keane allegedly got into a fight with a supporter.
Here’s the transcript from the interview. No audio or video has been made available as of press time.
Reporter: “I expect to get the stare but I’m going to ask it anyway. Martin was asked before the match about the incident, and he said it was a distraction, but he’d moved on. In the last six months – I’d like your thoughts on this – between the Celtic link, Villa link, the book being published and the incident last week.”
Keane interrupts: “’I’m not giving you any comment. Why would you think I have to give you an opinion on everything? Do you think you’ve a right to sit there and ask me anything you want and get an answer? I think I’ve been more than fair with you.”
Reporter: “You have. But my point is Martin has been asked about distractions. Has he had enough of those distractions?”
Keane: “What are you asking me for? What are you talking about? What distractions? Can I do anything about the Celtic stuff?”
Reporter: “Yeah, Celtic and Villa.”
Keane: “Can I do anything about them things that come up? If I get approached about a job and I’m up front with the manager and the media, do you want me to… how is that a distraction? What can I do about that? You’re making out I’m bringing all these distractions on.”
Reporter: “So they just happen, they’re just coincidences?”
Keane: “Well, if a club approaches me, these things just happen, yeah. How is the book….you think the book’s a distraction to a group of professional people? Do me a favour.
“And then people all writing about the incident the other night, lies… and people have got pals and talking to them. You think I’ve got to justify that to everyone? You all sit there and think I’ve got to answer to everything?
“Who in the hell do you think you are? I’ve got to answer to you? I answer to the FAI and Martin. And if we don’t get the right results, I’ll be gone and you won’t lose a minute’s sleep,so don’t worry about distractions. The things you write about are distractions.”