Roy Keane’s attitude and personality could lose the Celtic dressing room if he is appointed as their next manager – despite what Martin O’Neill says.
That is according to former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Keane was interviewed about the vacant manager’s position at Parkhead.
Football Insider broke the news last Thursday (25th March) that the Irishman had been in talks with the club before revealing on Friday (26th March) he held a formal interview with club chiefs earlier in the week.
Ex-Hoops boss Martin O’Neill waded into the debate by telling BBC Scotland he has got the “personality” to motivate the Celtic players.
However, Agbonlahor, who worked with Keane when he was Paul Lambert’s assistant at Villa, is not convinced the 49-year-old’s methods are suited to the modern player.
Asked if he agreed with O’Neill’s assessment, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I’m not too sure, to be honest.
“His ways of managing will not probably be accepted in this new era of players.
“He doesn’t hold anything back, players these days need to be told to do this better, do that better. They don’t need a manager screaming and shouting at them.
“It’s a different era of player. They can’t take as much as the old school player can take.
“I think it’s a risk. But maybe that’s the way Celtic want to go. From my experiences of him, he can lose players quickly with the way he speaks to them.”