Thursday 21 November 2019

Wolves boss hits out at Martin O'Neill for his treatment of Premier League Player of the Month Matt Doherty

Matt Doherty of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates
Matt Doherty of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates

Aidan Fitzmaurice

WOLVES boss Nuno Espirito Santo has turned up the heat on Martin O'Neill by saying he "doesn't care" what the Ireland manager thinks of his star man Matt Doherty.

Doherty flew in to Dublin last night to link up with the Irish squad for the Nations League double header against Denmark and Wales.

And he had a spring in his step after he was named player of the month in the Premier League, beating off competition from the likes of Eden Hazard.

Doherty is established at Premier League level but has yet to win over O'Neill – and has still not played in a competitive international at senior level.

The ex-Bohemians full-back claimed last month that his "face didn't fit" under O'Neill. O'Neill had previously criticised Doherty for wearing gloves during training and Doherty was left on the bench for the Nations League debacle in Cardiff.

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But club boss Nuno has launched a spirited defence of the player signed from Bohs for just €40,000 in 2010.

"Matt has been doing his job since last season," said the Wolves chief.

"He didn't change, the way he approaches the competitions, he is doing well.

"What other things and what others want from Matt, I don't really care.

"What I want is what he has been giving me and his team-mates.

"Not only in the offensive part, but in the defensive set-pieces he is a very, very important player for us."

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