‘Maybe they need to toughen up’: Keane slams Everton over McCarthy stancePublished November 8, 2016
The feud between Everton and Ireland shows no signs of abating, with Roy Keane the latest to wade in to row regarding James McCarthy.
Currently injured, the midfielder’s selection in the latest Ireland squad angered Ronald Koeman, who has also been critical of the Green Army’s handling in the past.
Speaking about McCarthy’s recent relapse, the Dutchman suggested Ireland’s managerial team of Martin O’Neill and Keane had been responsible for ‘overloading’ the 25-year-old in bringing him back to play two games prematurely after surgery during the last international break.
Last week, Koeman again suggested that the ex-Wigan man was ‘not fit’ enough to meet up with the Ireland squad this time around, urging his player to reject the call.
McCarthy eventually pulled out of the 23-man group for the World Cup Qualifier against Austria- something which seems to have infuriated Keane and Co.
In a press-conference previewing Saturday’s game, the Manchester United legend further escalated tensions by hinting Everton’s lack of success in recent seasons was down to their players not being tough enough.
He told reporters: “I’m not sure when they last won a trophy maybe, as a club, and they’re a brilliant club, maybe their players need to toughen up a bit.
“We’ve had a problem with Martinez previously… I always felt the Everton players were going to turn up on crutches.
“I couldn’t care less about [Ronald Koeman’s] opinions.”