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“Only If I Play Two Right-Backs!” – McCarthy On Doherty/Coleman Dillema

“Only If I Play Two Right-Backs!” – McCarthy On Doherty/Coleman Dillema

“Solely If I Play Two Proper-Backs!” – McCarthy On Doherty/Coleman Dillema

Eire supervisor Mick McCarthy has hinted that he might have a troublesome resolution on his arms at right-back forward of the primary set of qualifiers on the finish of March.

Wolves’ Matt Doherty has arguably been the standout participant in his place within the Premier League this season nevertheless Eire’s first alternative on the precise has been captain Seamus Coleman for the final variety of years.

Coleman has struggled for type at his membership Everton this season however has persistently been one among Eire’s best gamers when donning a inexperienced shirt.

The final consensus amongst Irish followers is that McCarthy will discover a method to incorporate each gamers into his first alternative beginning XI come March, however the brand new boss hinted that he could select one of many two choices.

“Provided that I play two right-backs!” mentioned, McCarthy, when requested if each may match into his staff.

“Properly I’ve simply been requested that query, how am I going to suit them into the identical staff? So I’m going, who is aware of?

“I would play Doherty tucked in or wide-right, I may not as effectively.

“How am I going to resolve that conundrum was the query? Properly I’m going to choose one among them after which I’m going to come back in right here and speak to all you guys [reporters] concerning the one I haven’t picked.

“How fantastic he’s, how gifted he’s, how he ought to have been taking part in….however he’s not as a result of I’ve picked the opposite one.

“And also you received’t speak concerning the different one which’s within the staff, you’ll solely need to know concerning the one which’s not so I’m prepared for that.”

McCarthy additionally outlined that he sees Doherty as a “full-back” however the present type of Sheffield United’s Enda Stevens at left-back implies that it’s unlikely to be a place the place the Wolves man shall be first alternative.

“If I’ve acquired a left-back taking part in in addition to Enda Stevens for Sheffield United, who’s having a extremely good season, and he’s taking part in as a wing-back just about more often than not [Doherty], he’s a proper again.

“However would I’ve an issue taking part in him at left-back if there’s one thing fallacious? No I wouldn’t as a result of he had a extremely good season there and did very, very effectively.”

Ought to McCarthy choose to play Doherty at right-back and never embrace Coleman in any respect, then the problem of a brand new captain would come up.


The previous Ipswich boss outlined that though he hasn’t picked a captain but, there isn’t any purpose why, offered he performs, it wouldn’t be the Everton man.

“I haven’t had a staff but so I haven’t acquired a captain as of but. I feel he’s a superb captain [Coleman], I feel he’s a extremely good position mannequin as a footballer, how he’s gotten to the place he’s and stayed the place he’s, how he conducts himself, how he trains, his professionalism.

“If I’m selecting one [a captain], which I haven’t but, there wouldn’t be any purpose why I wouldn’t choose him as a captain.


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