McCarthy pulled from Ireland line-up

Friday 24 March 2017  112 Comments  [Jump to last]

James McCarthy was set to start for his country in this evening's match against Wales but was replaced by David Meyler just before kick-off.

McCarthy was a surprise selection by Martin O'Neill for the World Cup qualifier given that he recently suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury and has missed Everton's last two games.

Blues boss Ronald Koeman told the media that the club's medical staff would need to conduct a thorough investigation into what has been an intermittent problem for the 26-year-old midfielder for over two years now but O'Neill has been training him for Ireland in anticipation of playing him against Wales.

McCarthy was in the line-up but reportedly aggravated his injury in the warm-up.  


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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 24/03/2017 at 20:36:06
Idiocy. Absolute idiocy.
Chris Gould
2 Posted 24/03/2017 at 20:41:36
O'Neill and Keane shouldn't be allowed near a football team. They don't give a shit about what's best for the player.

McCarthy has also let himself down. He's undoubtedly ignored advice from the club. A trio of complete idiots.

Philip Bunting
3 Posted 24/03/2017 at 20:42:35
McCarthy is every bit responsible for his fitness as ONeill is for pushing for his inclusion. In showing such idiocy, I would get rid of McCarthy as soon as possible. Idiot. The club should should fine him for negligence.
Christy Ring
5 Posted 24/03/2017 at 20:43:56
If he did more damage and misses the derby, instead of staying at home and getting extra treatment, I wouldn't blame Koeman for being livid, especially with Schneiderlin also an injury concern. O'Neill totally unprofessional.
Hasan Noor
6 Posted 24/03/2017 at 20:45:31
We should sue these idiots. McCarthy is a bafoon too for wanting to play. We should sell him.
Joe O'Brien
7 Posted 24/03/2017 at 20:48:48
I'm Irish and totally agree. His first bit of training in a month and they go to start him? If I was Koeman, I'd seriously have to think twice before releasing him again, because he clearly can't or won't say no when he's asked if he can play or not.

He looks out of the Derby now, disaster.

Jay Harris
8 Posted 24/03/2017 at 20:54:22
Totally agree, Christy.

I only wish Everton had some recourse against the irish FA for this farce of a situation.

Christine Foster
10 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:08:20
McCarthy should not have been there, full stop. He was on the road to recovery after multiple hamstring injuries and the only thing that cures that (if ever) is complete rest from training and playing. He is done for the season, which is the only thing the club can do.

Frankly, he is an employee of the club and the club have the right to say "No, he is not available." Why they did not do so is inexcusable with a number of important games coming up.

Common sense lacking all around.

Jay Wood
11 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:08:39
Koeman and the club have been damned and ridiculed by not only O'Neill and Keane, but also some of our own supporters on here for McCarthy's state of health.

As far as I can see in this latest episode, both Koeman and the club are totally exonerated from blame. O'Neill and Keane seem to be playing a very damaging game of bravado and bluff with McCarthy and Everton.

Less than 2 weeks ago, Koeman reported a need for medics to get to the root cause of McCarthy's recurring injuries. He also spoke of him being in no condition to play for a period before and beyond this present international break.

That McCarthy deemed himself fit enough to join the Irish squad makes him equally culpable (and stupid, I'm sad to say). All basic logic pointed to him NOT travelling, training and being on the verge of playing in an extremely competitive game for Ireland. He would have been better served remaining under the club medics, all the more so given the state of Morgan Schneiderlin's own injury at this time with big games coming up.

I very much doubt that Koeman is the sort of manager to tolerate much more of this.

Geoff Williams
12 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:09:41
God, is Ashley Williams the worst centre-back in international football? He is a total liability.

Gareth Bale wouldn't get into our team based on tonight's performance.

Geoff Williams
13 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:14:52
Oh dear... looks like a broken leg for Coleman.
James Marshall
14 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:15:14
Coleman is being stretchered off. I hope I'm wrong but it looks like a broken leg. Neil Taylor sent off for the challenge.
Jay Harris
15 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:15:46
Coleman now being stretchered off for Ireland. When will our luck with internationals change?
Joe O'Brien
16 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:15:57
Coleman off... Looks like a broken leg.

Horror tackle from Taylor – straight red.

David Hallwood
17 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:16:07
Coleman just been stretchered off, according to TalkSport, FFS!
Craig Fletcher
18 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:16:25
Looks like Seamus is gone for the season, just before the derby. FFS. Everton that. Get well soon Seamus, and Neil Taylor, you're an absolute twat.
Christine Foster
19 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:17:15
They won't show it because it is that bad... they are basically saying it's a break.
Tom Bowers
20 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:18:10
Just knew that was going to happen one week before the RS game and to Seamus, our second best scorer.

After the late challenge earlier on Williams, I was hoping nothing else happened and sure enough it did.

I hate these mid season internationals!!!

Ray Smith
21 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:18:35
Words fail me... What was McCarthy thinking of? Either he's fit or he isn't.

Everyone wants to play for their country but this is not a one off! Koeman quite rightly will be fuming, and I am 100% behind him.

Players pull out of internationals right left and centre, but the situation with McCarthy continues to confound!! Is it me, or is McCarthy piggy in the middle?

Who holds the cards here? O'Neil/Keane v Koeman? Now Coleman out for who knows how long... Hope it's not too serious!!!

Ian Bennett
22 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:19:26
Just hope it's a clean break and he can come back from it. Bloody hate international football.
Chris Jones [Burton]
23 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:21:04
Guardian says Seamus is in tears. Let's hope and pray it is not a career-ending injury. Poor lad.
Craig Fletcher
24 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:24:24
Watching it live on ESPN, Coleman's injury did look very bad, the assumption is it's a break. Can only hope it's a clean break and Seamus may be ready for the start of next season.
Colin Glassar
25 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:25:15
I knew that yesterday's news would come back to bite. Un-fucking-believable!!!

Oh, and I'd sack Macca for being a absolute moron!

Joe Foster
26 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:25:33
If McCarthy went against the club doctor's advice, then it's time to start flogging him off to the highest bidder.
Ian McDowell
27 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:25:34
Gutted for Coleman – looked a horrendous challenge.
Christine Foster
28 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:26:36
Note to Barkley: you're not feeling well and should cry off now.
Graham Haines
29 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:26:48
Feel for Seamus.
Joe Foster
30 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:28:08
Terrible news for Seamus. You fear that players are never the same after these type of despicable tackles.
Allan Board
31 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:29:42
Beg's the question: Who employs and pays this blokes wages? He is clearly not fit to play for us and then can't wait to bugger off and turn out for "No Idea O'Neill" and "Deranged Keane".

What a shit scenario for Coleman to have to witness and go along with (if he doesn't, those two wankers will drop him).

McCarthy is sticking two fingers up to Everton; I'd sell him to the first bidder – we have 4-6 players better in midfield anyway.

Everton are moving away from having to accommodate water carriers like him too. He wants to remember all he brings to the team is running about, a dinosaur amongst dinosaur coaches at the Irish.

Jeff Armstrong
32 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:30:32
Watched Seamus helping out with the kids earlier this week, absolute gem of a man, and then this happens 4 days later... There's no justice, gutted for him.
Graham Haines
33 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:30:44
I've just seen it – disgraceful from Taylor... and as for that dickhead, McCarthy – words fail me.
Eugene Ruane
34 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:31:55
To be honest, Wales have been very... um..'. combative', Bale in particular.
Christy Ring
35 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:32:09
Rewinded the tackle on Seamus, they wouldn't show the replay. Taylor a total cowardly and shocking tackle.
Steavey Buckley
36 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:32:16
McCarthy is under no contractual obligations to play for Ireland but he has with Everton. So it is not understandable why he risks his career playing for Ireland while not being fit – Koeman has failed to make an impression on McCarthy on this matter.
Jim Bennings
37 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:36:45
International football!!!

Hate it!!

World Cup or nothing, certainly can't see the point in these qualifiers at the business end of club football seasons.

Ray Smith
38 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:37:14
Steavie (#36),

Totally agree with you. Something isn't quite right here?

Who is pulling whose strings?

John Audsley
40 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:40:18
That injury has made me feel sick, Mason Holgate it's time to step up mate.
Otto Sani
41 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:42:00
From what I can read from a short YouTube clip, we should be able to see Seamus play again just about before Christmas.
Tony Abrahams
42 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:43:36
Haven't got that much time for many players, but I've got all the time in the world for Seamus Coleman. I'm fuckin gutted for him, and hope he can recover in time for next season.
James Marshall
43 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:44:14
The only saving grace, was that it looked like the middle part of Coleman's lower leg rather than the ankle area.

I wouldn't blame Taylor for it – he's had his own leg broken playing for Swansea and he isn't a dirty player. It looked accidental to me.

Kunal Desai
44 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:44:53
Typical. We always seem to lose players before a major game. Let's just hope we don't lose anymore players over the next week. Otherwise it'll be a patched up side face the RS and Man Utd.

Three at the back might work in our favour with Baines and Lennon or Valencia on the wings.

Damian Wilde
45 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:44:55
Gutted. Coleman. 😔 Taylor 😡
Ian McPherson
46 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:45:58
A fucking nobody broke Coleman's leg.
Stephen Brown
47 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:47:07
Devastated for Seamus.
Gerard Carey
48 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:47:17
A brutal tackle on Coleman, could finish his career.
David Pearl
49 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:49:45
Wtf!!! Macca even being considered was a total joke. We should be suing the Irish FA. Wonder what Shite Keane will spout now? Seamus... shocker.

Holgate in now. I'm sure he won't let anyone down. Sad night.

Tom Bowers
50 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:49:48
Would be nice if Koeman could pull Ross from the England squad but not going to happen. Hopefully Southgate won't start him anyway.

With Macca out and now Seamus who we know contributes greatly as a wing back, we can ill afford to lose Ross. I also agree Williams is a liability. Brought in as basically a stop-gap experienced replacement for Stones he is an average central defender but very leaden footed when up against quick forwards and we know RS have one or two.

Holgate didn't look too interested playing for the Under-21s today in Germany.

Ian McDowell
51 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:50:57
Disgusting tackle on Coleman and Bale should have seen red too. Hope Wales get battered by Serbia next game.


Ary Lima de Moraes
52 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:52:51
Disgusting. I honestly don't know how Ireland players didn't beat the crap out of him when they saw what he did. I surely would.
Rob Williamson
53 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:53:42
James Marshall (#43) – 'Taylor is not a dirty player'. It doesn't matter – that was still a dirty fucking tackle.
Mick Davies
54 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:54:07
Only Everton could lose 2 players a week before the derby, and we weren't even playing!
Steavey Buckley
55 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:54:42
If Everton want to protect their best players from being injured on international duty, they should insert a clause in their Everton contracts not play for any international team.
Kieran Kinsella
56 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:54:56
McCarthy is like the new slave. Bilic. Too injured for Everton but available for his country. Get rid of him.
Ian McDowell
57 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:55:23
"Neil Taylor isn't that sort of player" – what the does that mean? He is a dirty disgusting twat who has just broke the leg of one of our players. Get a fucking grip.
Colin Hughes
58 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:57:34
I would like to do more research on that cunt Taylor, no surprise he has the same birthplace (St Asaph) as Redshite legend Ian Rush. I wouldn't be surprised myself as most modern day players seem to have some affinity with the RedShite.
Jeff Armstrong
59 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:58:20
Williams didn't cover himself in glory either, more interested in defending Taylor than seeing how Coleman was.

Oh and I know, he can't be two people in one place... captain... teammate etc... blah, blah, blah.

James Stewart
60 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:59:07
I fucking hate international football!
Ian McPherson
61 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:59:55
Leg broken, out till new season.
Michael Lynch
62 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:01:02
How long was Oviedo out for? This looks as bad, if not worse.
Graham Haines
63 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:01:27
John Hartson on BBC, "There was no malice, it looks bad and was out of character." Not sure what he was watching.

The tackle, if you can call it that, was appalling.

Mike Price
64 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:02:35
That's the end for McCarthy at Everton, catastrophic for Seamus and just a very bad night for all of us.
Michael Lynch
65 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:02:59
To answer my own question, Oviedo was out for 8 months. So we won't be seeing Seamus again til Christmas, assuming it's a similar recovery time. To be honest, I just hope we see him back at all, whenever it may be.
Stephen Brown
66 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:03:37
There are stills on social media of Seamus's leg basically snapped in half! Gutted!! Seamus is Everton!!!

I've also met Neil Taylor a few times and he too is a gentleman but I can't defend the tackle!

Hope I'm wrong but I can't see him coming back as same player – I hate international football! Good luck, Seamus!!

Ian McPherson
67 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:03:50
If a dog did it, it would be put down.
Oliver Molloy
68 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:04:31
Two things:

James McCarthy, just like his international manager, obviously doesn't care about Everton or our manager. This is not the first time both he and O'Neill were warned he was not fit.

Apparently Everton were convinced McCarthy would be sent back to the club once he had been assessed by O'Neill and Co. This rule where countries can still call up players even though they are clearly not fit needs to be changed.

Regards the Coleman tackle, I can't believe his team mate Williams didn't even show any interest when it was obvious Seamus had been badly injured...

If McCarthy could be fined he should be and I hope Ireland have to pay compensation to Everton for both players.

Colin Glassar
69 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:05:08
John Audley, it's a huge responsibility for Holgate but I trust the lad. Browning also stepped up to the plate before he was kidnapped by aliens.
Will Mabon
70 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:05:35
Several of us discussed (on the previous McCarthy thread) the need to consider independent mediation in these situations. An outside body that made a binding decision on a player's eligibility based on his fitness status.

Seems the evidence keeps highlighting the need.

Christy Ring
71 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:06:19
James (#43), Are you for REAL??? It was a cowardly, career-ending tackle.

"Not that type of player"... Oh, he is that type of player, they showed the replay after the game, he's a thug.

Alastair Donaldson
72 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:06:23
The worst possible news after a great week. Let's hope for the best, Seamus is without question our best and most influential defender.

Thoughts are with you, Seamus.

Michael Lynch
73 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:07:03
Martin O'Neill is a massive fucking bellend. Just thought I'd mention it.
Joe Foster
74 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:08:24
Neil Taylor... dirty scumbag.
Ernie Baywood
75 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:09:01
Get well soon, Seamus. Gutted for him.
Ian McDowell
76 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:10:35
Michael @ 73 spot on
Chris Leyland
77 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:11:06
Oliver – I just looked and the rule seems to be that countries don't have to pay compensation unless it is in either the World Cup Finals or Euro Finals, not qualifiers.
Laura Round
78 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:11:31
Oliver,

Ashley did go to him... when he was on the floor and as he was carried away on stretcher. Lots of photos on Instagram. Very very sad.

Joe O'Brien
79 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:12:55
Disgusting tackle... it's going to be a long road for him but, if any player can come back from this, Seamus can. If there are any squeamish people out there, don't watch it...sickening.

As for McCarthy, Koeman has seriously got to think twice before releasing him; he either can't or won't tell the truth whether he can play or not.

Bang out of order from Ireland, as it was the last time when he played 2 full matches in the space of 3 days. Bang out of order... and I'm Irish.

Geoffrey Hall
80 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:13:19
McCarthy gone – what a stupid dick. Koeman will go mad and just right to really... I like the player but fuck him.

Poor Coleman... best of luck; bad injury.

Colin Glassar
81 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:13:45
Just seen the photos of Seamus – sickening. It was like the Cisse break at Anfield.
Martin Cooke
82 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:17:04
https://mobile.twitter.com/CIassyLallana/status/845389926455742464

That from one of our lovely neighbors.

Oliver Molloy
83 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:18:18
Okay Laura, I take that back then, I missed that.

A friend has just sent me a photo of Coleman leg just after the tackle and it is like rubber – looks an awful leg break.

I don't know how to attach these links. It is not a pretty picture.God love him...

Laura Round
84 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:19:29
The pictures are sickening. 😔
Oliver Molloy
85 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:19:49
Chris, that needs to be changed also then!
Jeff Armstrong
86 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:19:53
Colin, you've just proved something I'm often accused of by my RS mates, I know more about them than they do, and you know what, they're right.

Who gives a flying fuck about Cisse's leg break years ago? They don't even remember it... but WE do. We know our history, but we know theirs too...

I'm learning to let it go, hope you do too, good luck.

Graham Haines
87 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:20:27
Pictures not great at all, just hope that's not career ending. Good Luck Seamus.
Stephen Brown
88 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:28:22
My first thought when an Everton player gets injured is who can replace him in short/long term??

It says it all about Seamus Coleman that I don't care about that – I'm just wishing him all the best! Epitomises everything good about Everton!

Good luck Seamus!!

Ian Riley
89 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:34:07
McCarthy should have acted as a professional when he turned up. He was injured – end of. I hope both players' salaries will be picked up by their football association.

Tackle was horrible and you know what? The player will only have a three-game ban. You can get sent off for calling a referee a twat and get a three game ban. How can both have the same punishment?

If the break is very bad, you can write of next season. Get well soon.

Peter Gorman
90 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:36:07
I'm speechless.
Laura Round
91 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:38:28
Some nice tributes coming though now on social media. Arsenal for one have sent support. He's a credit to our club and the world of football. Class act and we will miss him while he recovers. 😔
Kev Johnson
92 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:38:36
Saying Coleman has broken his leg, absolutely gutted for him.
Kieran Kinsella
93 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:41:46
Graham,

Thankfully these days surgeons can work miracles so, God willing, he will be back.

Chris Gould
94 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:45:47
It's already on YouTube. It is a dreadful and sickening injury. So sad to see.

He's such a wonderful player and an absolute pleasure to watch. Absolutely gutted for him.

Don Alexander
95 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:49:37
He epitomises the word "professional", never leaves an ounce on the pitch even if not playing well, never mouths off to the press about wanting bigger/better clubs, and appreciates everything football at Everton and elsewhere has given him.

The sort of character the club would want in one or two others, okay, just one other, in our squad. Clearly earns respect all round the game and not least from his fellow compatriots. I just hope that, when he's fully recovered he's made our captain.

Christy Ring
96 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:50:10
Seamus, so down to earth, and honest professional, just hope he makes a full recovery.
Roman Sidey
97 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:50:31
Michael Lynch, I would expect a longer recovery for Coleman than Oviedo. Mainly due to age. Oviedo was just shy of his 23rd bday and had played around 100 professional matches up to that point. Coleman is 28½ and has around 350 career games under his belt. That sort of stuff can affect a player's recovery in a great way. Also, at the time, Ovideo's recovery was considered rapid.

Add to that, and aside from Coleman being vastly greater footballer than Oviedo, he never really recovered any form after he came back. Poor blokes are going to carry the knowledge of that break around for the rest of their lives, and it will contribute to their decision-making.

Anthony Dwyer
98 Posted 24/03/2017 at 23:14:47
Seamus was my preferred choice as captain, that's now never happening.

Gutted tbh, clearly one of our stronger players. On a flip side, big chance for Holgate.

As for McCarthy's injury, my fear is he's now signed his own transfer papers with Koeman at the helm.

Bolasie, Coleman, McCarthy, Besic and most probably Schneiderlin all missing for the derby etc, not good.

Mike Gaynes
99 Posted 24/03/2017 at 23:25:16
Roman, unless you've seen the X-rays, you don't have the slightest idea what you're talking about. It's the severity, type and location of the break that matters. Not whether the patient is 23 or 28.

Oviedo is doing fine. He's in the squad for Costa Rica tonight against Mexico. Barkley's playing fantastic. Ramsey, Cisse. Smith have all come back from this without it "contributing to their decision-making."

There's every hope for Coleman to do the same.

John Audsley
100 Posted 24/03/2017 at 23:28:44
A horrible night, but it's a massive challenge for Holgate who I believe is up to it.

I fucking hate all international football.

James Owen
101 Posted 24/03/2017 at 23:40:37
Re Coleman – could be career-ender if it's not clean, or he might never be the same player again. But let's hope for the best.

Re McCarthy – yes, it seems that training methods and tactics are rubbish for Ireland, and that he does what he's told by Irish coaching staff, regardless of what he's learned about injuring himself in the past. Probably Keane and O'Neill to blame there.

The football is rubbish too. They think the only way to win a game is not by passing the ball around but by chasing it and by winning aggressive 50/50 challenges. Well here is the result of that kind of football, and it's not pretty.

Brian Wilkinson
102 Posted 24/03/2017 at 23:49:50
Still got England and Belgium games to come yet. I hope to Christ that Barkley, Lukaku and Mirallas come down with a bout of the shits before tomorrow's games.
Peter Carpenter
103 Posted 25/03/2017 at 00:31:17
O'Neill and Keane – is there a more arrogant pair of pricks in football?

They picked McCarthy just to score points in their row with Koeman and it's backfired spectacularly – not that they will care – arseholes.

Derek Davies
104 Posted 25/03/2017 at 01:21:53
Gutted for Seamus, absolutely shocking assault. O'Neill will still pick him for next squad, though – being injured makes no difference to that prick.
Will Mabon
105 Posted 25/03/2017 at 02:26:47
Moved it to the Seamus article.
Rob Hooton
106 Posted 25/03/2017 at 07:18:21
McCarthy should be fined as many weeks wages as he misses football for being an idiot led by two complete twats, he obviously does not care for the club paying his overblown wages so fine him. Would be preferable if Keane and O'Neill could be sued for crass stupidity too, two of the worst characters to ever be in the game.

Poor Seamus, what a tragedy for a lad who is a consummate professional and epitomises everything good about the game. Good luck with your recovery, Seamus.

Brian Harrison
107 Posted 25/03/2017 at 10:55:44
I think that Fifa need to address who assesses the fitness of a player. Some years back, clubs regularly pulled players out of International games just by getting the club doctor to inform the country why the player wasn't fit to play. Certainly Giggs for Wales and Hansen for Scotland were regular omissions from their countries.

Then Fifa decided that countries could call up any player and the clubs had to release them. They would then be assessed by the country's doctor. So now you have, like with McCarthy, a difference of opinions between Everton's medics and Ireland's medics. No doubt both under pressure from the respective managers. So the only way to solve it is for an independent body to asses the players fitness.

Ernie Baywood
108 Posted 25/03/2017 at 11:18:52
Logically it should be the clubs as they're best placed, but we know they took the piss and caused this type of situation. Maybe an independent is the only way to cut through the stupidity... mind you they'd need a decent insurance policy if a player subsequently gets injured.
Stan Schofield
109 Posted 25/03/2017 at 11:44:14
In cases of dispute like this between O'Neill and Koeman, there should be independent assessment of the medical fitness of a player to play, and a ruling that overrides the warring parties and the opinion of the player.

The player is a worker, and should be protected under the Health and Safety at Work Act. His safety and welfare should take precedence over any other requirements including those of Fifa.

A regulator, such as the HSE, ensuring that proper and responsible decisions are taken, would prevent the likes of O'Neill exercising his ego and getting his way like a spoilt child.

Kim Vivian
110 Posted 25/03/2017 at 12:42:20
To add insult to (literal) injury, Rom will probably get nobbled against Greece tonight. They say bad luck comes in threes...
Richard Reeves
111 Posted 25/03/2017 at 16:04:20
I said before, when it was rumoured that Newcastle wanted him, we should of got rid because of his injury record.

The money for him is a lot more useful than the handful of appearances he'll make in a season and not worth the risk of keeping him in the hope that he'll get over them.

Let someone else try and we can re-invest.
Oliver Molloy
112 Posted 25/03/2017 at 19:17:01
Stan,

McCarthy also has to be responsible for himself! He wasn't fit, isn't fit, and, to be perfectly honest, should have learned from last time round.

Mick Davies
113 Posted 25/03/2017 at 20:02:40
Oliver @ 112, agree totally: McCarthy is old enough to speak for himself, and if he isn't fit enough for his club, why would he consider himself fit enough for Ireland?
Stan Schofield
114 Posted 26/03/2017 at 02:08:28
Oliver, yes, he does have a responsibility for himself, but that does not mean that he will in practice make sensible and reasonable decisions. A third party, particularly of the highest form in a safety regulator, would ensure appropriate, sensible, reasonable and unbiased decisions.
Dan Egerton
115 Posted 28/03/2017 at 08:54:05
Prevent Macca from playing internationals. He's been pushed back at right-back before and with Seamy's injury we might have to do that.

I know I know, we have Holgate, Browning (who isn't match fit) and Lennon, but in those situations when you rotate a midfield player into that position during a game, Macca is the only one to be able to do a somewhat adequate (not great) job. He did that exactly that once before earlier this season.

With Barry losing pace, it just increases that possibility (while Macca is on the field and in case of further injury, ie, if Holgate at RB got injured during a game, Macca would rotate back there, bring Barry on in midfield).

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