Saturday 22 October 2016

'Republic of Ireland are England reserves... Northern Ireland are England's reserves' reserves'

Published 24/09/2016 | 12:31

Derry City manager Kenny Shiels. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Derry City manager Kenny Shiels. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

DERRY CITY manager Kenny Shiels thinks that Daryl Horgan is good enough to play for Ireland but he is unlikely to be watching if he makes it there.

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Shiels has no time for international football and is unsure if a call-up is of any value after offering a caustic take on its significance due to players switching countries.

The Derry supremo has made plenty of headlines with some interesting pre-match and post-match interviews since his arrival into the League of Ireland and his observations in the aftermath of his side's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Horgan inspired Dundalk can be added to the list.

He said that the 24-year-old didn't necessary need to leave Ireland to make Martin O'Neill's squad before adding an important caveat.

"International football’s not what it used to be," he said. "There’s no pride in it anymore because you could have a pint of Guinness and play for Ireland.

"There are Italians and Scottish people playing for Ireland," added the former Kilmarnock boss, with an apparent nod to Tony Cascarino.

"International football doesn’t interest me one bit, not one bit," he continued. "When you look at the people who can go and play. The Republic of Ireland are England reserves and Northern Ireland are England’s reserves’ reserves. It’s diabolical. I’ve no time for it all.

"He (Horgan) is a very good player, you can't take that away from him. He’ll probably, hopefully get a move to England. He deserves to. You can see the amount of energy that he has and the amount of work that he puts in; they’re blessed to have him and the league is blessed to have him.

"And you look at (Chris) Forrester, he was quality for St Pats and this is another one; I’m confident that he can go and play for the Republic of Ireland, there’s no question in my mind about that. It’s none of my business but I’m pleased for him."

Shiels' son Dean - who is now on the books of Dundalk - has 14 Northern Irish caps.

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