Roberto Martinez hits back at Eamon Dunphy comments
Everton manager not impressed with pundit's remarks
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hit back at comments made by outspoken pundit Eamon Dunphy about James McCarthy.
After Ireland's 1-1 draw with Poland last Sunday, Dunphy described McCarthy as a 'terrible flop' and 'wojusly overrated' when he spoke on RTE's Game On.
But Martinez has since hit back, claiming that Dunphy's comments are simply a distraction for poor results for Martin O'Neill's men.
"That's quite a harsh comment if you ask me," Martinez said. "I think sometimes those comments are a distraction from the reality of having bad results with their team.”
"It's a shame that, if there is any criticism, that it comes down to individuals. It is disappointing when you look at those comments because you are not going to get anyone in world football more committed and a better character than James McCarthy."
Only last November, Martinez was at the centre of another row involving his Irish contingent when Roy Keane criticised Everton, saying: "You always get the impression from Everton that Seamus and James are both barely able to walk. So when they actually turn up and they are walking through the reception, you think 'Praise the Lord, it's a miracle'."
The Everton boss went on the defensive back then too.
"I don't think it is an issue at all. If there is an issue it should be treated with respect and privately to try and get to the bottom of it," he said at the time.
"To come out and make things public could put some of the Irish fans thinking that the players don't want to play or that Everton have stopped some players from playing. That's nonsense. That's ridiculous."
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