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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1 Posted 24/03/2017 at 20:36:06
2 Posted 24/03/2017 at 20:41:36
McCarthy has also let himself down. He's undoubtedly ignored advice from the club. A trio of complete idiots.
3 Posted 24/03/2017 at 20:42:35
5 Posted 24/03/2017 at 20:43:56
6 Posted 24/03/2017 at 20:45:31
7 Posted 24/03/2017 at 20:48:48
He looks out of the Derby now, disaster.
8 Posted 24/03/2017 at 20:54:22
I only wish Everton had some recourse against the irish FA for this farce of a situation.
10 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:08:20
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.
11 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:08:39
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.
12 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:09:41
Gareth Bale wouldn't get into our team based on tonight's performance.
13 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:14:52
14 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:15:14
15 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:15:46
16 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:15:57
Horror tackle from Taylor straight red.
17 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:16:07
18 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:16:25
19 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:17:15
20 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:18:10
After the late challenge earlier on Williams, I was hoping nothing else happened and sure enough it did.
I hate these mid season internationals!!!
21 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:18:35
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!!!
22 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:19:26
23 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:21:04
24 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:24:24
25 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:25:15
Oh, and I'd sack Macca for being a absolute moron!
26 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:25:33
27 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:25:34
28 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:26:36
29 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:26:48
30 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:28:08
31 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:29:42
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.
32 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:30:32
33 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:30:44
34 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:31:55
35 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:32:09
36 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:32:16
37 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:36:45
World Cup or nothing, certainly can't see the point in these qualifiers at the business end of club football seasons.
38 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:37:14
Totally agree with you. Something isn't quite right here?
Who is pulling whose strings?
40 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:40:18
41 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:42:00
42 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:43:36
43 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:44:14
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.
44 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:44:53
Three at the back might work in our favour with Baines and Lennon or Valencia on the wings.
45 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:44:55
46 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:45:58
47 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:47:07
48 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:47:17
49 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:49:45
Holgate in now. I'm sure he won't let anyone down. Sad night.
50 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:49:48
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.
51 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:50:57
52 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:52:51
53 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:53:42
54 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:54:07
55 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:54:42
56 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:54:56
57 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:55:23
58 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:57:34
59 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:58:20
Oh and I know, he can't be two people in one place... captain... teammate etc... blah, blah, blah.
60 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:59:07
61 Posted 24/03/2017 at 21:59:55
62 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:01:02
63 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:01:27
The tackle, if you can call it that, was appalling.
64 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:02:35
65 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:02:59
66 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:03:37
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!!
67 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:03:50
68 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:04:31
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.
69 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:05:08
70 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:05:35
Seems the evidence keeps highlighting the need.
71 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:06:19
"Not that type of player"... Oh, he is that type of player, they showed the replay after the game, he's a thug.
72 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:06:23
Thoughts are with you, Seamus.
73 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:07:03
74 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:08:24
75 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:09:01
76 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:10:35
77 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:11:06
78 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:11:31
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.
79 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:12:55
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.
80 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:13:19
Poor Coleman... best of luck; bad injury.
81 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:13:45
82 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:17:04
That from one of our lovely neighbors.
83 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:18:18
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.
84 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:19:29
85 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:19:49
86 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:19:53
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.
87 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:20:27
88 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:28:22
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!!
89 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:34:07
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.
90 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:36:07
91 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:38:28
92 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:38:36
93 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:41:46
Thankfully these days surgeons can work miracles so, God willing, he will be back.
94 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:45:47
He's such a wonderful player and an absolute pleasure to watch. Absolutely gutted for him.
95 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:49:37
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.
96 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:50:10
97 Posted 24/03/2017 at 22:50:31
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.
98 Posted 24/03/2017 at 23:14:47
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.
99 Posted 24/03/2017 at 23:25:16
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.
100 Posted 24/03/2017 at 23:28:44
I fucking hate all international football.
101 Posted 24/03/2017 at 23:40:37
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.
102 Posted 24/03/2017 at 23:49:50
103 Posted 25/03/2017 at 00:31:17
They picked McCarthy just to score points in their row with Koeman and it's backfired spectacularly not that they will care arseholes.
104 Posted 25/03/2017 at 01:21:53
105 Posted 25/03/2017 at 02:26:47
106 Posted 25/03/2017 at 07:18:21
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.
107 Posted 25/03/2017 at 10:55:44
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.
108 Posted 25/03/2017 at 11:18:52
109 Posted 25/03/2017 at 11:44:14
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.
110 Posted 25/03/2017 at 12:42:20
111 Posted 25/03/2017 at 16:04:20
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.
112 Posted 25/03/2017 at 19:17:01
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.
113 Posted 25/03/2017 at 20:02:40
114 Posted 26/03/2017 at 02:08:28
115 Posted 28/03/2017 at 08:54:05
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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