Dietmar Hamann said Ireland's win against Azerbaijan must put into perspective and took issue with Stephen Kenny's post-match comments.
Kenny claimed his first competitive victory as Ireland boss at the 13th attempt as a first-half double from Callum Robinson and a late third from substitute Chiedozie Ogbene clinched a 3-0 success in Baku.
Speaking to RTÉ after the final whistle, Kenny highlighted that Ireland had lost just once in their last seven matches, but Hamann said results during their World Cup qualifying campaign were simply not good enough.
'The manager just won his first game in 13 competitive games. To turn around now and say he's lost just one of the last seven, I think is wrong’ - @DietmarHamann says today’s win needs to be put into perspective #AZEIRL #WorldCup2022 #RTEsoccer pic.twitter.com/WZdkwJQqqC— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) October 9, 2021
"I didn't like what the manager said," said Hamman. "He just won his first game in 13 competitive games.
"Out of the 13 games, there were at least six to eight opponents that I don't expect Ireland to beat, but they should be able to beat them.
"Now to turn around and say, 'well we only lost one in the last seven' is wrong. Look at the table, they've got five points with two games to go against Luxembourg and Portugal. And you've got Luxembourg and Azerbaijan in your group.
"Regardless of how many new players you bring in, and it's not just a team of youngsters and freshmen. You've got (Matt) Doherty, (Shane) Duffy, (John) Egan there. (Josh) Cullen has been the biggest find in the last few games, he's been brilliant.
"Yes he has brought young players in but I don't like [that interview]."
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While pleased to see Ireland off the mark in their qualifying group, Hamman said they must back up Saturday’s win when they face Qatar in an Aviva Stadium friendly on Tuesday.
"Keep your feet on the ground, have a positive performance and things might look different," said the former Liverpool midfielder.
"After the Portugal game, I didn’t really fancy them to beat Azerbaijan because it was a hammer blow, I felt sorry for them.
To turn around now, after winning the second game in the 17 games he's been in charge, and say 'we only had one defeat which was two late goals against Portugal' is wrong
"There is no excuse now not to have a positive performance and good result against Qatar. [Kenny] needs it and the team needs it.
"But to turn around now, after winning the second game in the 17 games he's been in charge, and say 'we only had one defeat which was two late goals against Portugal' is wrong.
"You've got to put things into perspective. Things probably weren't as bad as people made out, but they certainly are not as good as he sees it."