Former Republic of Ireland striker Stephen Elliott says Vinny Perth's reaction to alleged remarks made by Waterford boss John Sheridan was "a little bit over the top".

Speaking to RTÉ Sport after Dundalk's 2-2 draw with the Blues last Friday night, Perth claimed Sheridan had called the League of Ireland "a pub league".

"Some comments were disrespectful towards the league which I heard," he said. "I don't like them."

When asked about any flashpoint with Perth, Sheridan responded: "Who? Vinny? Vinny Perth? Oh, is that his name yeah? Right. I don't know what he was going on about. He needs to worry about his own team."

Elliott conceded that Sheridan can be an "outspoken" presence on the line, but he did not agree with Perth publicly discussing what was said. 

"Listen, John Sheridan, that's his style on the line," he told RTÉ 2fm's Game On.

"You've heard about him when he's been managing in England. He's quite loud and outspoken and he probably says a few things to get managers' backs up a little bit.

"Obviously this was the case on the weekend. I'm imagining he said a few things that Vinny Perth wasn't happy with. They're not great comments, but sometimes I think on the sideline there's a lot of stuff said.

"If you were to discuss everything that's said between benches on the touchline of a football club, you could be here all day talking about it."  

Elliott also suggested Perth was perhaps deflecting attention away from his own team's patchy form since returning to league action.

The Lilywhites are currently eight points off table-toppers Shamrock Rovers. 

"Vinny Perth was obviously upset at the comments he heard, but to go to the press and make such a big issue about it was I think a little bit over the top.

"Part of me thinks it was a little bit to take the distraction away from how poor his team has been doing after the Covid-19 break.

"Vinny Perth has a lot of experience in the League of Ireland. He's been involved in it for 20 years or something. He's kind of played that game a little bit.

"John Sheridan has come over and he's a little bit different to what's been in the league before, he probably doesn't know the league or the people in the league as well as most managers that are managing in the league.

"I think Vinny Perth has played on that a little but and tried to turn a lot of people against him. I know John Sheridan hasn't done himself any favours, especially if he has said some of those comments, but I still think sometimes when things are said on the side of the pitch they're better off left there.

"I wouldn't be looking too deep into it. I know some players and friends of players who've played under John Sheridan and they say on a matchday he's an absolute nightmare on the line, digging players out, but from Monday to Friday - all through the week - he's a really good guy, a good man-manager."

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