Republic Of Ireland


Martin O’Neill and Ronald Koeman lash out over James McCarthy

Everton's James McCarthy in action with Tottenham's Dele Alli

Martin O’Neill has hit back over the Republic of Ireland’s handling of James McCarthy, labelling Ronald Koeman a “master tactician of the blame game”. O’Neill came under attack from the Everton manager after the midfielder returned to Merseyside injured following the international break and Koeman accused the Ireland coach of “not protecting the player”.

Séamus Coleman mental strength will help recovery, says Martin O’Neill

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman lies injured

At the end of a tense night in Dublin, where emotions were still running high long after the final whistle, Martin O’Neill sounded like a man in a state of shock as he reflected on the awful moment when Séamus Coleman reached out to hold on to his broken right leg. “I was pretty shaken by it,” the Republic of Ireland manager said.

Séamus Coleman leg break a huge blow to club and country, says Martin O’Neill

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman is stretchered off injured

Martin O’Neill described Séamus Coleman’s broken leg as a huge blow to the Republic of Ireland and Everton after the right-back suffered a horrific injury that overshadowed the goalless draw against Wales. Neil Taylor received a straight red card for the reckless challenge that led to Coleman leaving the field on a stretcher and being taken to hospital.

Chris Coleman wants no tension from his Wales team in Dublin derby

Wales manager Chris Coleman during training

As Chris Coleman contemplated the challenge posed by a Republic of Ireland side enjoying the view from the top of Group D the Wales manager cast his mind back to that chastening defeat against England at Euro 2016 and the moment when he broke an alcohol curfew as he tried to come to terms with a game where his players were so wrapped up in the occasion that they ended up “wishing their lives away”.