For Seamus Coleman to be world class, he must leave Everton - Denis Irwin
Denis Irwin has advised Seamus Coleman to leave Goodison Park this summer if he wants to be remembered as a world-class player.
Irwin, regarded as Ireland's greatest full-back, feels Coleman has the potential to raise his game to another level, but believes he needs to leave his comfort zone at Everton and test himself in European competition on an annual basis.
"Seamus has progressed every year in the Premier League since he came across to England from Sligo Rovers," said Irwin.
"They play an attacking style at Everton which suits him because he is fantastic going forward. So if he keeps going the way he is going, then he is going to be linked with teams in the top echelons of football.
"Manchester United have been linked with him and he could do a job there. He is an experienced lad and is at a good age.
"At 25, 26, you are starting to get comfortable as a footballer. They are probably the best years of your life because you have still got your fitness as well.
"But while I know he is very comfortable at Everton and while I know they are a good footballing club, for him to be world class, and this is no disrespect to Everton, he probably has to move to a club that plays regularly in Europe."
In a separate issue, Irwin also expressed the opinion that Roy Keane would see out his contract as Ireland's assistant manager.
"Roy will stay with Ireland for as long as Martin O'Neill wants him. They are in a tough group but stand a chance of qualifying."