Mick McCarthy has brutally shared that Wolves ace Matt Doherty is not starting ahead of Seamus Coleman for the Republic of Ireland because the Everton man is the 'best right-back', at this moment in time.
ROI boss McCarthy, who also managed Wolves earlier on his career, shared that he signed Doherty as a youngster and he still admires the player.
But during Ireland's recent international outings, Coleman has started at right-back for his country, whilst Doherty, who plays a right wing-back role for his club, had to settle for a place on the bench.
Following Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifier win over Gibraltar, McCarthy was seemingly annoyed and angry at the talk surrounding Doherty and Coleman as he made his feelings pretty clear.
On Doherty being the fall guy: “That really is a ridiculous assessment of it, I’m sorry to say,” said McCarthy, as quoted by 42 Sport. "In my opinion, Seamus is the best right-back. I think Matt Doherty is a fabulous right-back, but unfortunately for him, I think Seamus is a better one.
"At this moment in time, why would I leave Seamus out? It’s always about somebody who doesn’t play. The other thing about Seamus is he’s a fabulous personality and he’s the captain of the team. It’s just difficult.
“Who do you think was the best player on the pitch last night? So why not talk about him [Callum Robinson] instead of putting Matt Doherty in that position? Callum Robinson is an attacker. Matt isn’t an attacker, he’s a right-wing-back and he is a brilliant right-wing-back for Wolves.
“Sometimes there’s, unfortunately, somebody that the manager just thinks is better in that position. It’s unfortunate. I can’t say anything other than that. I’m not giving you any other reasons. I really love Matt Doherty. I signed him at Wolves and he’s had a great career.”
During the recently concluded Premier League campaign, it could be argued that Doherty performed better than his countryman.
Wolves finished the season in seventh place, whilst Marco Silva, who was in his first season in charge at Goodison Park, finished one place below the newly-promoted club.
Given the fact that the Republic of Ireland don't play wing-backs, Doherty is at a slight disadvantage when playing for his country, but there is no doubt that he would still back himself in the natural right-back role.
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