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O’Neill brands Koeman a “master tactician of the blame game” after McCarthy injury

Date Posted,March 31, 2017

Ronald Koeman has been branded a “master tactician of the blame game” by Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill.

Everton boss Koeman was left furious after James McCarthy picked up a hamstring problem during the warm-up of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Wales last weekend.

The 26-year-old is expected to be out of action for a lengthy spell and Koeman hit out at both O’Neill and McCarthy for defying medical advice.

But O’Neill has hit back at Koeman, saying that some of the blame for McCarthy’s problems lies with Everton.

(Photo: PA Wire)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park on March 11, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images) (Photo: Jan Kruger)

In a statement on the FAI website , O’Neill said: “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.

“James had a magnificent tournament for the Republic of Ireland last summer during UEFA EURO 2016, playing his last game in very late June. He then returned to Everton after a very short break, but only 11 days later, he played his first of three games, all within an eight-day period, against Real Betis, Manchester United and Espanyol. Overloading?

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