Monday 25 March 2019

'You guys should all have a look at yourselves' - Mick McCarthy angry at media over Declan Rice award

Mick McCarthy and (inset) Declan Rice
Mick McCarthy and (inset) Declan Rice

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Mick McCarthy has voiced his anger with the media over the decision to name Declan Rice as Ireland's Young Player of the Year.

And a furious Ireland boss says he personally objected to the idea of giving the prize to the West Ham player after he had defected to England.

Rice, picked by a panel of soccer reporters as Ireland's best young player in 2018, will not be present in the RTÉ studios on Sunday night when the annual FAI awards are handed out.

McCarthy has, for the first time, expressed his frustration and says he would have preferred for no award to be made than for Rice, now in the senior Ireland squad, to be honoured.

"I actually said that. If you can't give it to anybody else, just don't give it to anyone," McCarthy said in Dublin yesterday on the day that 50-cap man Stephen Ward announced his retirement.

"You guys (journalists) insisted that he be given it so I think that you should all have a look at yourselves, or whoever decided that. When I was told that he was getting it, I said 'no way, why would he get it?'.

"Give it to someone who would really appreciate it. He is not going to appreciate it, he probably feels slightly embarrassed by it.

"For someone who has left and does not even want to play for us, why on earth would you consider doing it? Was it to embarrass him, embarrass the FAI? I don't see the reason for doing it."

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