Wolves fans have reacted angrily to former club manager Mick McCarthy snubbing Matt Doherty for the Republic Of Ireland.
The Republic Of Ireland faced Gibraltar yesterday in a Euro 2020 qualifier, and the boys in green came out with a 2-0 victory.
McCarthy’s team are now top of Group D for the Euro 2020 qualifiers (BBC) and they will face Switzerland on September 5.
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“How does Matt Doherty not get in the Ireland side?”
Doherty was one of the Premier League’s standout debutants, yet he somehow doesn’t start for the Republic Of Ireland’s mediocre starting XI.
Rather than playing the Wolves fullback, big Mick instead opted to play Everton’s Seamus Coleman.
Former Irish footballer Liam Brady bemoaned the snub by declaring that McCarthy wasn’t doing his job in finding a position for the nation’s “best player” (RTE Sport via Balls.ie).
And Wolves fans unanimously agree with Brady’s sentiments.
Some fans suggested that Doherty should have been running down the wing instead of James McClean, while others took a dig at the infamous dumb and dumber duo who spearheaded Wolves relegation from the Premier League back in 2012, “Mad Mick and Clipboard Conor”.
How does Matt Doherty who was one of the best full backs in the premier league this season not get in the Ireland side?
— Liam Perkin (@LiamPerkin23) June 10, 2019
Matt Doherty could be sitting by the pool relaxing but no,he’s having to endure sitting on the Irish bench watching Mad Mick & Clipboard Connor mastermind a 1-0 shithousing over Gibraltar 🙈😔
— Tod (@toddo08) June 10, 2019
Matt Doherty best Irish player in the premier league on merit this season.. yet McLean and Brady are our wingers.. come on Mick 🙄
— David Keane (@David_Keane13) June 7, 2019
Others proclaimed that McCarthy’s idiocy was similar to his bizarre treatment of Manchester United legend Denis Irwin, and one fan exclaimed that Doherty’s absence was criminal.
Mick McCarthy had a weird thing against Denis Irwin his first stint in charge of Ireland,, sounds like he has a similar issue with Matt Doherty this time around
— Dave Hannigan (@daveyhannigan) June 10, 2019
Its actually criminal that matt doherty doesnt start for Ireland
— Ciarán Kelly (@Ckelly644) June 10, 2019
Doherty scored 4 goals and made 7 assists in his debut Premier League outing, and he should’ve definitely started for his nation.
Coleman only scored 2 goals and made 2 assists for Everton last season, meanwhile McClean is a controversial joke who only scored 3 goals for Stoke City in the Championship.
The Republic Of Ireland’s victory was far from perfect with John O’ Shea labelling it a poor performance (Balls.ie), but McCarthy was merely happy to receive another three points.
And this is Ireland’s biggest issue: they have a pigheaded manager who doesn’t want to play attacking or attractive football.