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McCarthy: “If LOI Players Are Good Enough Then I Won’t Rule Them Out”

McCarthy: “If LOI Players Are Good Enough Then I Won’t Rule Them Out”

McCarthy: “If LOI Gamers Are Good Sufficient Then I Received’t Rule Them Out”

Mick McCarthy has not dominated out deciding on gamers from the League of Eire in his future Irish setups however admitted that the March fixtures might be too quickly to incorporate any home additions to subsequent month’s squad.

The brand new Irish boss was in attendance throughout St Patrick’s Athletic’s sport with Cork Metropolis two weeks in the past, with assistants Robbie Keane and Terry Connor each additionally watching video games from the Airtricity League Premier Division.

McCarthy outlined {that a} handful of gamers impressed him through the sport, largely notably Cork Metropolis’s Daire O’Connor and St Pat’s’ Jamie Lennon.

“Daire O’Connor. He was the one participant who stood out for me. He performed very very nicely I assumed. Whether or not it was on the precise or on the left, he went and performed in behind the striker. He was the one which stood out.

“Additionally, Jamie Lennon for Pat’s, I assumed he had a superb sport. I preferred him. Daire stood out as a result of he’s a ahead and he was tough and did a couple of actually good issues however Jamie simply sat there and did a job so I used to be very impressed with him.”

Throughout his first spell in control of the Boys in Inexperienced, McCarthy didn’t choose a participant from the home league and outlined that as a rule of thumb a lot of the standout gamers in Eire transfer to England, utilizing Preston’s Seani Maguire for example.

Regardless of this, nonetheless, McCarthy outlined that he would proceed to scout gamers in Eire and that if they’re ok he can not rule them out for choice.

“I by no means picked one (A League of Eire participant) the final time,” defined McCarthy talking on the launch of the FAI’s new Membership Eire scheme.

“That was 17 years in the past, they had been part-time and my crew was filled with Premier League footballers. We’ll proceed to go and watch League of Eire gamers however you and I each know that the most effective ones usually go throughout and play in England.

“I’ve been to see and waxed lyrical about Seani Maguire and final week was the most effective I’ve seen him play.

“I watched him towards QPR and he performed wide-left in a 3 and I didn’t fancy him in that place however I spoke to Alex Neill and he’d solely simply come again from damage then in order that most likely wasn’t the precise time to look at him.

“I watched him then on Saturday towards Millwall and he was good taking part in up entrance on his personal, however he’s improved. He’s improved taking part in within the Championship, there’s little doubt about that.”

“You’ve acquired a greater likelihood of taking part in, but when there are some League of Eire gamers who’re ok, then I’m not ruling out anyone.”

The primary set of qualifiers start for Eire on the finish of this month, by that stage most home golf equipment could have solely performed seven or so video games; little or no compared to gamers within the English leagues, one thing McCarthy feels could possibly be an enormous drawback.

“Two video games in, I haven’t seen sufficient of them.

“I went to look at the primary sport, Pat’s and Cork; TC (Terry Connor) was at one and Robbie was there the opposite evening at Bohs and Rovers.

“We’ve acquired a sport developing the place all of the English league-based gamers have been taking part in since August. I believe they’re higher ready to be taking part in in any sport come Might, that’s for certain.”


Mick McCarthy was talking on the official relaunch of the Membership Eire memberships, a definite Premium Stage providing from the overall admission season tickets. Membership of Membership Eire is on sale from at this time Wednesday, 27 February and will be bought VIA: fai.ie/clubireland; by emailing Membership Eire [email protected] or by calling 01 899 9547.