Thursday 22 February 2018

O'Neill: I'll find out why Gibson failed to secure loan move out of Everton

Martin O'Neill:
Martin O'Neill: "If the decision is with the club, there is not much you can do about that. I will give him a call" Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Martin O'Neill is planning to speak to Darron Gibson to find out why he did not follow the example of Aiden McGeady and leave Everton on loan.

Gibson has made just seven appearances this season, with his last outing coming in the FA Cup in January, and Roberto Martinez had suggested that the midfielder would be allowed to leave on a temporary basis.

That did not come to pass, and there was speculation that the player turned down an opportunity to depart.

Martinez did suffer an injury in that department when Mo Besic was sidelined, and Gibson has also been troubled by niggling issues. However, O'Neill wants to get to the bottom of the ex-Manchester United man's situation because it is jeopardising his Euro 2016 prospects.

McGeady is playing games at Sheffield Wednesday and working towards peak condition.

"I will speak to Darron anyway. There might have been an opportunity to go but I'm not exactly sure," said O'Neill. "Or the manager may have wanted him to stay. I'll find out.

"On a general point - and I'm only stating the obvious - the more games that players are playing competitively, the better chance they would have.

"First of all, you have to have a desire to go and play. But the final decision may not be with the player. If the decision is with the club, there is not much you can do about that. I will give him a call."

Meanwhile, Sweden coach Erik Hamren hopes that the presence of PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will sway Parisian neutrals towards his side in the Stade de France showdown with Ireland on June 13.

Hamren enjoys a special relationship with Ibrahimovic, who came out of international retirement when he was appointed boss in 2010.

He wants PSG followers who share his love for the star man to make their presence felt in the crunch clash with Ireland.

"I think there are going to be a lot of supporters from Ireland and Sweden and maybe the neutral supporters from France, we hope they are PSG supporters," said Hamren.

"Zlatan is our only world-class player so he's the difference for us and he would be the difference for a lot of teams.

"We need to have the same attitude as Ireland and then we have a chance. Then I hope our world-class player can be the difference but we need to be as good as a team to have a chance against Ireland.

"I have respect for Ireland. It's a strong team, working hard for each other, so it will be a tough and interesting game."

Irish Independent

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