Republic of Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy insists he has total faith in captain Seamus Coleman despite his recent struggle for form at Everton.
Coleman has come in for some criticism this season after he battled back to full fitness following a horrific leg-break in 2017. However, McCarthy claims to have no worries about the Irish captain’s form and knows that he can rely on the Donegal man.
“He’ll be fine, he’ll be alright, Seamus,” McCarthy told the Irish Examiner.
“I’ve no worries about him at all. He’s such a good player, such a great lad and there is no problem. Even if he wasn’t playing, I’d have no worries about him. I remember being in that situation at Millwall and not playing. Big Jack picked me every time I turned up. Because he could rely on me. I know I can rely on Seamus.
“I believe it’s my job to show faith in people even if they’re having a tough time. I was shown a lot of faith by managers in the past and it’s amazing what you get from it.”
Coleman’s Ireland position has come under intense pressure from Matt Doherty who has been one of the standout performers for Wolves this season.
However, McCarthy sees no reason as to why Coleman wouldn’t play and captain Ireland if he’s fit. McCarthy cited his own history playing under Jack Charlton who started McCarthy and made him captain of Ireland despite not having played much football.
“I’m not saying do it for that reason, I don’t. Is it learned behaviour? I think it is. Suddenly you’re not playing for a couple of games and the international manager doesn’t call you, that’s not good. I didn’t get that. I got real support from Big Jack who picked me and played me. Even coming back from Lyon I ended up playing and captaining the side in the World Cup. I’ve experienced that level of faith in your ability and what you do.
“Seamus has been a super player and he still is. You could argue Matt Doherty is playing well for Wolves. But Seamus is the captain and, if he’s fit, I’ve got total faith in him. My captain? Why not? I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t to be.”
McCarthy also went into depth on his current attacking options, declaring that he is currently in pursuit of Leeds striker, Patrick Bamford.
“I’ve spoken to Patrick,” said McCarthy.
“I was due to go meet him at the Leeds game with QPR last weekend but he was injured and he didn’t travel so I didn’t get a chance. But my intention is to meet him and have a chat. He wants to meet me. I’d take that as a positive. I hope he wasn’t getting me to travel to Leeds to say he’s not interested. That would be really disappointing!
“He’s a goal scorer, he’s a proven goal scorer, technically a very good finisher and we haven’t got that many. To be fair, we haven’t got that many that are playing.”