Monday 23 October 2017

Roberto Martinez upbeat on Aiden McGeady future

Aidan McGeady (SPORTSFILE)
Aidan McGeady (SPORTSFILE)
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists that Aiden McGeady could still have a role to play with the Toffees next season despite his loan to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Ireland winger got his first taste of life in the Championship last night with a substitute appearance in the 87th minute in a 1-1 draw against Burnley after a miserable campaign at Goodison Park where he fell completely out of favour.

The 29-year-old looks to have a bleak future with his current employers but, speaking ahead of tonight's meeting with Newcastle, the Spaniard has again put a positive spin on his plight.

"I don't think it's a decision that affects the long-term planning," he said. "Aiden needed to play as the next four months are vital in order to get a lot of playing time.

"He has been working really well and his body is ready to play and perform and be really effective. If everything works well and he gets the opportunity to represent Ireland in the Euros, then it's a very important period in his career. And then I would expect him to come back in pre-season and see if he can get an important role in our team."

Martinez confirmed that Mo Besic will be out for a couple of weeks, which may allow a way back for Darron Gibson.

Also last night, Stevenage goalkeeper and Wicklow native Barry Roche scored an injury-time equaliser for Morecambe in their 1-1 draw with Portsmouth.

Meanwhile, Erik Hamren - the manager of Ireland's Euro 2016 opponents Sweden - has confirmed he will leave his post after the tournament.

And, at home, new Sligo Rovers boss David Robertson has continued a busy period of recruitment by agreeing a deal to sign experienced UCD defender Mick Leahy.

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