Giovanni Trapattoni has taken another swipe at Roy Keane after the former Ireland skipper delivered a second damning assessment of his team.
Ireland head into a final Group C fixture against Italy on Monday with their hopes of reaching the Euro 2012 quarter-finals long gone after comprehensive defeats by Croatia and Spain.
Keane, who struck his first blow in his role as a television pundit after Thursday night's 4-0 drubbing by the reigning champions, was even more withering in his Sunday morning newspaper column, suggesting Trapattoni should make 11 changes for the final game because the team which played in midweek is not good enough.
Trapattoni, who had his own say the following day, returned to the theme when asked about the former Manchester United captain's latest verbal assault.
The 73-year-old said: "He has been a great player and had great success. I don't know if he achieved the same results as coach or manager.
"I can ask him why? I think for intelligent man, I can't understand it."
Trapattoni them made a remark in Italian which was not translated, but proved to be less than complimentary.