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Sunday 17 November 2019

Mac call for Doc: Vote of confidence for Wolves ace

 

FAITH: Matt Doherty in action during a Republic of Ireland training session at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
FAITH: Matt Doherty in action during a Republic of Ireland training session at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Mick McCarthy is ready to place his trust in Matt Doherty and put the Wolves star into his team for the start of the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Doherty, in form with a Wolves side who are headed for Wembley thanks to their weekend FA Cup quarter-final win, has not been able to match his Premier League success with joy at international level.

He had a difficult relationship with former manager Martin O'Neill, claiming before his belated Ireland debut last year that "my face doesn't fit".

O'Neill later accused the Swords native of "dancing on my grave" due to a critical radio interview he gave on the day O'Neill was sacked.

But McCarthy, who was Wolves manager when they signed Doherty from Bohemians in 2010, already sees a midfield role for Doherty for the upcoming games against Gibraltar and Georgia.

"If I'm looking for players who have been playing on a regular basis, the Doc comes into consideration, I think, for that position," McCarthy said when asked who he planned to play on the right side of midfield, the position a problem, with Callum O'Dowda and Alan Browne out.

"Matt Doherty could play there. That conundrum has been thrown up because of injuries. Robbie Brady can play there but he's not been playing many minutes."

Meanwhile, the FAI last night said that "a full review of its executive governance and senior management structures" will be completed by next month. The association also reiterated its stance on the €100,000 loan from CEO John Delaney. "The bridging loan was made in the best interests of the FAI in 2017 when it experienced a short-term cash flow issue. The Board has been kept fully informed in relation to this matter at all times," a statement said.

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