WIGAN boss Owen Coyle has answered back at Giovanni Trapattoni and told the Ireland manager to mind his own business when it comes to the future of midfield star James McCarthy.
Trapattoni caused some upset at the DW Stadium when he spoke about McCarthy's future in the aftermath of Wigan's relegation to the Championship, Trap stating that Irish midfielders McCarthy and Hendrick should be playing in the Premier League next season and effectively challenged the players' agents to secure moves out of the second tier. But that has not gone down well with former Ireland cap Coyle.
"If that's what Mr Trapattoni thinks, I could say to him that he (McCarthy) should be starting every game for Ireland," said Coyle after he was unveiled as the new Wigan boss. "He's got his job to do with Ireland and let respective football managers do their jobs at their clubs, that's what I would say."
Coyle also outlined his hopes of keeping McCarthy at Wigan next season, vowing that the midfielder will only leave if a club matches Wigan's valuation of McCarthy. "Nobody has to leave on the cheap," said Coyle. "If someone is leaving, it will be for the full value."
Meanwhile, Irish midfielder Chris McCann could end up at Wigan, especially if McCarthy is sold on.
Former Home Farm man McCann has confirmed his exit from Burnley after a ten-year spell with the Clarets and while he has been linked with a number of clubs, the fact that he has worked with Coyle before – at Burnley – could lead to a move for the Dubliner.
McCann made 238 league appearances for Burnley and played a big role in their promotion to the Premier League in 2009.