Wednesday 7 December 2016

Randolph could miss cup opportunity

Published 25/10/2016 | 02:30

Darren Randolph is the first choice goalkeeper for the Republic of Ireland Photo: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
Darren Randolph is the first choice goalkeeper for the Republic of Ireland Photo: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

Darren Randolph is a doubt for West Ham's League Cup tie with Chelsea tomorrow - the Irish keeper's only realistic chance of game-time before the World Cup qualifier with Austria.

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Martin O'Neill's first choice is behind Adrian in Slaven Bilic's pecking order, so cup matches are his opportunity to get on the pitch before the November 12 date in Vienna.

However, he returned from Ireland's October double-header with a minor knee problem that required treatment.

Randolph has been absent from the West Ham bench for their recent Premier League outings and the Chelsea game could come too soon.

He made the headlines for the wrong reasons last month when his employers launched an investigation into reports that a club-sanctioned night out spilled over into the next day.

The Wicklow man's last club appearance was the 1-0 win over Accrington a week earlier.

West Ham's surprise elimination from the Europa League removed a likely avenue for more games.

Elsewhere, Scotsman Ian McParland has emerged as the leading candidate to become the new manager of Galway United.

It's understood that a strong recommendation from Roy Keane helped the 55-year-old to move to the top of Galway's list of potential replacements for Tommy Dunne.

McParland was on Keane's staff during his stint as manager of Ipswich and was the short-term caretaker after the Corkman left the club.

The former striker served Notts County as player and manager, and his CV also includes a long stint on the backroom staff at Nottingham Forest.

Irish Independent

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