Thursday 24 May 2018

Koeman and O'Neill should resolve argument for players' sake - Quinn

Former Ireland striker Niall Quinn
Former Ireland striker Niall Quinn
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Niall Quinn has urged Ronald Koeman and Martin O'Neill to sort out their differences for the sake of James McCarthy and his injured colleague Seamus Coleman.

The former Ireland striker is surprised that Koeman and O'Neill have engaged in a public spat regarding the Everton midfielder's attempts to figure in the World Cup qualifier with Wales and feels a private conversation would have been more beneficial.

However, from his experience of working with O'Neill, he suspected that the Derry man would fire back when Koeman publicly accused the Irish manager and player of ignoring medical advice by naming McCarthy in the starting XI - the Glaswegian was subsequently pulled out of the fixture after feeling pain in the warm-up.

"It's gone very far," says Quinn. "You would have thought a hard-hitting phonecall between the two of them was a better solution.

"James should be patted on the back for wanting to play for his country. He gave it every shot to play in a big game that he was needed.

"He went against orders and all of that is wrong - technically it might even be contractually wrong. But I admire the fact he came in for the week and nobody gave him a chance of playing and he was there driving to try to play.

"Why would you stop that if you were Martin O'Neill? Let that happen and you can deal with the aftermath.

"Martin's retort was excellent, calling him 'the master tactician of blame'. The only thing is, it doesn't help the future. With the cloud hanging over Seamus, it compounds it to a whole different level.

"Koeman is not getting anything out of this, no credit from what he's done or said. It is not petty because Seamus' injury is there, it's more than that, but I would have expected him to say something about it in one press conference and we move on.

"The quicker it goes away for the two of them the better. The player should get thought about."

Niall Quinn was speaking at a Sky Sports media event.

Irish Independent

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