Saturday 24 March 2018

Martinez: Coleman will aid McCarthy

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez. Photo: PA
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez. Photo: PA
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Roberto Martinez believes that Seamus Coleman will be the ideal source of support for James McCarthy during his long road to recovery from his leg break.

Coleman is nearing the end of his own comeback trail, and has already said that he wants to set an example that will give his good friend McCarthy encouragement.

Belgium manager Martinez is aware of how close the duo are from his time at Everton.

He was also an influential figure in the development of McCarthy having brought him from south from Hamilton to Wigan and then later onto Goodison Park.

"He's a sensational football player," says Martinez. "But his human qualities are in a different degree. I was watching the (West Brom) game when it happened - it was devastating.

"I think he's been thrown a lot of challenges in his career - he's had to overcome injuries already and I think this one is going to be another example of how to cope.

"He will become an example for any young footballer that has to go through this situation. We are all heartbroken because if anyone didn't deserve to be a long spell away it is James."

This is where he expects Coleman to shine.

"They've both been strong shoulders for each other since James signed for Everton," he continued. "I think Seamus became a little guide for him in the dressing room and then the international team, and through their experiences."

Martinez is not surprised that Coleman has graduated to become national team skipper. "You can be a leader in many ways," he asserted.

"You can be vocal, with a lot to say or you can be a driven force to achieve things that people around you need to be.

"I think Seamus is that sort of leader. He is someone who would go through a brick wall to achieve success for others. That's quite rare in the modern game."

Meanwhile, Coleman's old club Sligo Rovers have signed Brazilian midfielder Eduardo Pincelli (34) who has spent the last decade playing in Cyprus.

Irish Independent

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