Martin O'Neill feels no need to gag Roy Keane

New announced Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane speak during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Sociedad de Futbol and Manchester United at Estadio Anoeta on November 5, 2013
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Martin O'Neill insists that he won't tell Roy Keane what to say when facing the press during their time together in charge of the Republic of Ireland.

New Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has made it clear that he will allow assistant Roy Keane to say what he likes during their reign together.

The duo were confirmed as taking charge of Ireland earlier this month, with some raising their concerns about the effect of the outspoken nature of Manchester United's former captain.

However, while O'Neill has reiterated that he is the one calling the shots, he won't restrict Keane from expressing his views on certain issues.

"I am going to try to clear something up here: I am not Roy's father, absolutely not," O'Neill told the press.

"He can look after himself, he can say what he wants. Seriously, he is under absolutely no gagging at all and I am quite sure I would not even have to have that conversation with him.

"I am not going to sit there saying, 'Don't say this, don't say that'."

Ireland host Latvia in a friendly on Friday.

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