Keane: Security not a concern

Keane: Security not a concern
22 March 2016; Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press conference. National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Roy Keane is confident that his team will be able to concentrate on the Euros as he has full trust in their security team at the tournament following the terrorist attacks in Belgium.

While sympathising with the families and victims of the Brussels attack, the assistant Republic of Ireland manager said that he was satisfied everything was in place following a recent debrief.

“We actually had a meeting last night about the trip in the summer and we got a heads-up on all the security,” he said.

“But it was just obviously shocking news for us to see it this morning and obviously our thoughts are with everybody who suffered. It’s horrendous.

“Obviously our job is just to focus on the games and let the security team take care of everything else.

“But no, it’s not a concern for the staff or the players. There’s security in place and we have to trust them, and that’s what we do. We are going over there to focus on the football.

“It will be a great boost for the country and for France. There’s always the concern — cross the road today and something happens — but you’ve got to try and beat that by going over there and being part of a fantastic experience.”

Meanwhile he said that talks over his future will be on hold until negotiations with boss Martin O’Neill have finished.

The pair’s contracts are up after this summer’s tournament.

“My own situation depends what happens with the manager. He is going to have talks, I am sure, over the next month or two and until the manger’s situation is sorted out, mine is not really important,” he said.

“The contracts are up in the summer and we will play it by ear. A lot will be dictated by whether the manager decides to stay on.”


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