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Ex-Ireland teammate Cascarino declares Man Utd legend Keane 'never a great pro'

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has attacked former Republic of Ireland teammate Roy Keane over his players' row.

It has emerged this week Ireland assistant manager Keane allegedly had a behind-the-scenes bust up with Cardiff City midfielder Harry Arter and Burnley's Jonathan Walters.

Cascarino played alongside Keane on many occasions for his country during the 1990s and told talkSPORT: “Everyone keeps talking about Roy being this great professional, (that) he demands the highest standards.

“Roy was never a great professional, I can promise you he was anything but. What he did and has done in the past as a coach is not professional.

“Having a go at players and being personal, that's the massive difference.

“If your coach or No 2 says to you he's trying to get better out of you and trying to improve you and has a go at you about making a mistake, every professional footballer would take it on the chin.

“But once it becomes personnel, and it has done on many, many occasions, and Roy has openly admitted that as well - he was asked to apologise to (Aiden) McGeady, (Jeff) Hendrick and (Daryl) Murphy back in 2016. So these things have been happening way too often.

“I don't have any sympathy for Roy because I think a lot of times he has planned it to go for someone. He has a been in his bonnet about the way they act or what they're doing.

“Roy gives you a look that you know he's going to launch into someone and he did that to Mick McCarthy in 2002. It has been endless.

“It's not good for Irish football and it's totally not good for us I think leading up to the next Euros."

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