Thursday 29 September 2016

Video: Martin O'Neill betrayed by his instincts with failed Jack Grealish call - The expert view

Published 12/05/2015 | 17:57

The prospect of seeing Jack Grealish lining out for the Republic of Ireland is becoming increasingly unlikely, according to top football writers Daniel McDonnell and Paul Hyland.

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The pair reveal that Martin O'Neill was acting on instinct when he decided to include Grealish in the squad but his apparent decision to contact Jack and his father at the eleventh hour backfired.

Football fans awoke this morning to the news that the precocious talent would be involved in the squad for England friendly and the crucial qualifier against Scotland but as the minutes ticked by at the SSE Airtricity Headquarters in Sandyford, it was clear that something had gone awry.

Dan believes that it was quite clear that the Grealish situation was the cause of the 50 minute delay to today's squad announcement.

O'Neill was asked if it was and said, "not particularly" but it was evident that today's announcement of a 33-man provisional squad was supposed to be a 34-man panel.

Paul Hyland said that the failure to pin Grealish down for the June internationals could affect Ireland's efforts in luring Chelsea's Patrick Bamford to these shores.

Both men were in agreement that the likelihood of Jack Grealish featuring in a green shirt was a lot higher this morning than it was this afternoon.

Listen to their insights in full above.

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