Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has delivered a fresh burn to Everton’s Ronald Koeman over his treatment of James McCarthy
Koeman accused O’Neill of “not protecting” the midfielder, who was pulled from the starting line-up for last Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Wales after aggravating a hamstring injury in the warm-up.
But O’Neill has hit back, big time.
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He starts his statement by saying: “Once again the Everton manager, master tactician of the blame game, has struck out in his comments today, criticising both myself and James McCarthy.
“Perhaps a review of Everton’s pre-season programme might provide some enlightenment.”
O’Neill goes on to list how many more times McCarthy has played for Everton compared with Ireland, before sassily posing the question: “Overloading?”
This isn’t the first time the managers have scrapped over McCarthy’s involvement in internationals level after injuries have limited his involvement at club level.
But O’Neill has always insisted he never selected the player unless he was convinced he was fit and good to play.
The drama continues.