Wednesday 13 December 2017

Koeman in new dig at FAI

Everton manager Ronald Koeman. Picture: PA
Everton manager Ronald Koeman. Picture: PA

John Fallon

Any prospect of Ronald Koeman burying the hatchet with Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane any time soon looks grim after the Everton boss stated he "had no relationship" with Ireland's managerial duo.

The Dutchman was vindicated in his stance over James McCarthy's fitness when the midfielder failed to recover from a hamstring injury in time for Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Austria.

He is, however, available for tomorrow's Premier League meeting with Swansea City.

That O'Neill even included the midfielder in his provisional squad perplexed Koeman, reviving his grievance from last month that the player was "overloaded" by starting the double-header against Georgia and Moldova.

Keane weighed into the verbal fracas last week - questioning Everton's dearth of success into the bargain. That only served to inflame the situation and Koeman demurred when answering a question about the interaction between himself and Ireland's managerial pair.

"I don't have a relationship with them," he deadpanned. "They are defending the Irish national team and I'm defending Everton.

"The next international break is in March. It's time enough to focus on the Premier League and in March we will see how the Irish national team is."

Irish Independent

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