Thursday 8 December 2016

Ronald Koeman has responded to this week's scathing attack on Everton from Roy Keane

David Smith

Published 13/11/2016 | 10:21

Ronald Koeman has brushed off criticism from Roy Keane
Ronald Koeman has brushed off criticism from Roy Keane

Ronald Koeman has dismissed Roy Keane's recent scathing attack on Everton.

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The Everton boss has been involved in a war of words with Martin O'Neill in recent weeks over the fitness of James McCarthy, and Keane hit out at the Dutchman last week.

Koeman was asked about Keane's comments, but the 53 year old didn't want to discuss the incident.

"Ah, these comments are not my problem, let's move on," he told the Sunday World.

However, the Everton manager did have another jibe at the Irish management.

"McCarthy cannot train now so this is not good for Everton or Ireland.

"I am a big fan of James McCarthy and believe in his qualities, but the problem for me at the moment is he is not fit to play.

"Last time he went with Ireland, he was not fully fit but still played two matches in the space of a few days. That leads to a problem. Then he comes back to Everton and we can see what happens.

"He was overloaded and still the player cannot train now, which is a problem for Everton and Ireland. Hopefully he can be back soon."

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