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Martin O'Neill: The players might slag other coaches, but they certainly didn't slag me over M50 crash

James Donoghue

Published 10/06/2015 | 13:45

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaks with assembled media during a team pitchside update
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaks with assembled media during a team pitchside update

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill today insisted that his Ireland players "certainly didn't slag me" following the minor collision on the M50 last night.

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The incident occurred in heavy rush hour traffic yesterday, shortly after 6pm between Junction Six at Blanchardstown and Junction Five at Finglas on the M50.

Defender Alex Pearce described the incident as "nothing serious" and that it led to "a bit of banter at dinner".

"They were all at dinner, all smiles and it was all a bit of a joke," said  Pearce.

O'Neill, however, insisted that there was no slagging aimed his way. "They might have slagged some of the other coaches but they certainly didn't slag me," he said today.

The Ireland manager was questioned where they were going when the incident took place, but stated that if he wanted to keep people informed of his every movement, he would join Twitter.

"In the scheme of life that's not really important," said O'Neill. "If I really want to do that I should join Twitter."

Last night an FAI spokesperson told the Irish Independent that five members of the Irish management team were involved in the collision with another vehicle.

"It was a minor collision and nobody was hurt. Both Roy and Martin have been looked at by the doctor in the team hotel and they are both fine," said the spokesperson.

"We will need to keep an eye on them to see if any symptoms appear within the next 48 hours, like you normally would.

"But we are very confident that everything is okay. They are a bit stiff and a bit shaken, but all is okay. We will have training as normal tomorrow."

The Irish squad aims to kick on from the 0-0 draw with England last weekend, for the crucial Euro 2016 qualifier with Scotland on Saturday evening.

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