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' James McClean: It was wrong of Harry Arter '

Postby Forever Blue » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:05 am

James McClean: It was wrong of Harry Arter not to show up


The Irish Times

Wednesday 10th October 2018

James McClean insists that Ireland’s is a happy camp despite last month’s games being somewhat overshadowed by the absence of one player and the extraordinary account by another of how the assistant manager had provoked that decision to stay away from the squad.

McClean makes no secret of the fact that he would have done things differently but insists he is happy to have Harry Arter back. There will be a welcome for Declan Rice too if and when the West Ham midfielder eventually decides to make himself available again, he says, while noting that the situation there is well short of ideal.

“You’d have to put a gun to my head for me not to come and play for Ireland,” he says, “but everyone is different. I don’t mind the tough approach,” he continues in reference to the verbal abuse Arter was apparently subjected to by Roy Keane. “I like to think I’m capable of giving it back myself. I don’t mind a rollocking, I’ll take that. It will take more than a rollicking to stop me from turning up and playing for Ireland.

“I don’t mind Harry as a person but I’ll tell Harry myself, I thought he was wrong not to show up,” he continues. “You know, I’ve no problem in saying that. But I’m not going to go against him; it’s his issue. He’s here now, he’s a very good player and we need all the players so for me; it’s water under the bridge. I felt he should have showed up last time. But he’s here now, let’s get on with it.”



Softness

The Derryman talks about what he sees as the softness of younger players in what he feels they should accept to be a tough environment and when he does so it is easy to see why he has long been a favourite of his international manager.

Arter, for him, seems broadly to fall into the category despite the fact there is just eight months younger and, like McClean, has had to work his way up.

Things have come a little quicker for Rice, too quickly for Ireland’s good perhaps, but the Stoke City winger says he and the teenager are on good terms, despite his initial reaction on social media to the news the Rice was reconsidering his international future.

“I like the lad and obviously he’s a good player,” he says. “I do like him. But the situation is not ideal. Whatever he decides to do, that’s up to him. Whether I think it’s right or not, it’s his decision. It’s my personal opinion. It doesn’t mean my opinion is always right know what I mean. Again, it’s up to Declan. Declan, as a person and I’ve no issue with Declan.”

Now 29 he does admit that he is a little exasperated by how the game has gone, specifically in terms of, as he sees it, players being pampered as they come up through the underage ranks and then seeming to settle for the good life when their careers stall.

“They’d rather stay at Chelsea or City and it’s more for their social media than their actual playing careers,” he says. “Flash cars, nice watches – all for social media. No disrespect but some would rather say ‘I’m a footballer for Man City,’ – even if they’re not playing for Man City; they’re just a youth team player – than be a first-team player for someone like Carlisle.”

His own social media has been a bit of an issue down the years but the situation, he insists, is currently strictly under control.

“My wife’s taken my Twitter password,” he reveals. “She runs that for me now, which is probably wise. I just use Instagram, just for football and my kids.”
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Postby Forever Blue » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:09 am

Bournemouth Papers


Sport 9th October

On-loan Arter has 'a bit to prove' says Ireland boss Martin O'Neill


By Dan Rose


REPUBLIC of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill said Harry Arter and Roy Keane had resolved their issue and the midfielder would be out to prove Cherries “were wrong to let him leave at this minute”.

The 28-year-old joined Cardiff in August on a season-long loan from the Dorset club.

Arter made himself unavailable for his country last month after a reported bust-up with O'Neill's assistant Keane during the summer.

But having returned for UEFA Nations League clashes with Denmark and Wales, O’Neill insisted the former Woking man had a point to prove.


Speaking about the situation regarding Arter and Keane, he said: "The two of them have been talking. I probably believe it should make Harry stronger from it all.

"I think if there is criticism is coming your way, take it in some sort of spirit and tend to prove someone wrong if the criticism is levelled at you. If someone is praising you, try to prove them right.

"In this case, Harry wants to do that. I think he wants to do that, not just for Ireland, but I think he wants to prove Bournemouth were wrong to let him leave there at this minute, or certainly let him go out on loan.

"He has a bit to prove which is great. I think players should always have something to prove as should we as managers as well.”
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Postby Sven » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:50 pm

Harry Arter played it (or not) as he saw it and I don't recall James McLean being listed as being in the treatment room when the obnoxious Roy Keane said what he said, so perhaps he should stay out of it...

The situation has possibly done more good than harm in the Republic of Ireland dressing room, if it means Roy Keane curbs his often unnecessary aggression and disrespect towards anyone that lives outside his own head! :thumbright:
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