Former Drogheda United manager Pete Mahon believes he "won the Oscar for having rows" during his managerial career.

The Republic of Ireland team is experiencing difficulties of that nature at the moment following various reports of conflict in the camp.

Martin O'Neill recently said that an altercation between Roy Keane and Harry Arter may have been a factor behind Arter's absence from the Ireland squad for their Nations League encounter with Wales.

Separately, an apparent WhatsApp audio message leaked on social media in relation to the bust-up between Roy Keane, Harry Arter and Jon Walters, although O'Neill says that the content of the clip "doesn’t tally".

Mahon announced his resignation from Drogheda last year after they were relegated to the First Division, following a disappointing Premier Division campaign.

He told the Soccer Republic Extra podcast that he had his fair share of disputes with people while managing different teams down through the years.

"I won the Oscar for having rows because I had more rows with different people," he said. 

"Where do you draw the line? I had major rows last year in Drogheda with a couple of individuals but what I did was just got rid of them.

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"I know that comes across as a hard-man image [but] it wasn't. You can't have what was going on with me last year, you can't condone that because we had a lot of young players in that dressing room who are looking to these older players for guidance.

"When they saw what was going on, they were looking at me as if to say, 'what are you going to do about it?'

"It's very difficult, it's international football. In my own case, I just weighed up the pluses and the minuses and if the minuses outweighed the pluses, it was good night and god bless."

He continued: "It was the conduct of the players off the pitch. I was getting video messages. I got one particular message which I really found hard to deal with [about] one of players lying on the floor of a fish and chip shop at two o'clock in the morning. And he wasn't training that morning.

"What was I supposed to do? We had ongoing problems there. 

Mahon patrols the line

"It was becoming a social club more than a football club and I didn't help myself. Last year we were relegated and we were probably favourites to go down anyway. But then when the 10-team league came in, we were nailed on favourites to go down.

"I just cut the cloth and said, 'this is it.' I spoke to the chairman, told him what I was doing. That was it, goodbye."