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Thursday 14 December 2017

Give Ireland job to Roy, if he thinks he's so good, says Oasis star Noel

NOEL GALLAGHER turned from rock icon to soccer pundit last night after recommending Roy Keane for the Ireland soccer manager job.

Speaking in Dublin about Keane's controversial condemnation of singing Irish soccer fans, football fan Gallagher described him as "pure comedy".

"He should take over the Ireland job then, if he could do it better than anyone else," he said. "He is funny. I've never met him. He probably hates me -- but he hates everybody."

And he said that he wasn't surprised about Ireland's disappointing exit from the Euros, given the tough competition. He believes Germany will win.

"It was interesting, listening to all the fall-out, particularly after Ireland went out, how you listen to the radio and you think, 'Why are they being so hard on the team?' They played Spain and Italy, two of the semi-finalists.

"One of them is going to win it. You're lucky to get a kick off Spain," he continued. "Neither England or Ireland are good enough to win tournaments like that."

But he went back to the day job last night to take to the stage at Croke Park with his band High Flying Birds as support act to Red Hot Chili Peppers.

And he revealed how he was determined to carry on the success of his one-year-old band, as opposed to reliving any past glories.

Rubbishing claims by sibling Liam that they could reform in 2015, he said it wasn't going to happen.

"He says a lot of things publicly. I wouldn't take anything he says seriously," he said.

The pair famously fell out during their 2010 tour and have been on shaky ground ever since with Noel admitting they rarely speak now and ruled out a reunion.

"I texted him at Christmas after the City match but I don't think it's going to happen," he said.

"No, it would be great for everybody else, except me -- it would be mega. For the millions and millions, it would be brilliant but I wouldn't be very happy about it.

"I guess you don't know what you're going to feel like in 20 years time or whatever but I was in Oasis for 20 years and I've been doing this for one year."

And the star, who's coming back here to play Marley Park alongside Kasabian on August 23, also blasted celebs like Bono who try to avoid paying a higher rate of tax.

"Nobody likes paying 50pc tax but if that's the way it is," he continued. "I would never go and see my accountant and try to squirrel away a few bob here and there -- for what?

"You'd rather sleep well at night and put a little bit back."

mfinn@herald.ie

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