Tuesday 23 April 2019

O'Neill: Hoolahan a delight to work with

(l-r) Wes Hoolahan and Ireland boss Martin O'Neill
(l-r) Wes Hoolahan and Ireland boss Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill has thanked Wes Hoolahan for his years of service under him at international level and says the Dubliner was a delight to work with.

Hoolahan yesterday announced, in The Herald, that he was retiring from international football, though he will carry on with Norwich City where he is due a testimonial to mark his 10 years there.

Hoolahan won all but eight of his 43 caps under O'Neill and the current manager has paid tribute to the playmaker.

"Wes phoned me last week to let me know about retiring from international football. I remember, with great fondness, his outstanding performance and wonderful goal, against Sweden in Paris during the Euros," said O'Neill.

"His desire to play for his country was immeasurable and he was a delight to work with over the past four years. Naturally, I wish Wes the very best of luck with his career at club level."

Meanwhile, Hoolahan, who is out of contract with Norwich at the end of this season, says he plans to play on at club level.

"I'm 36 in May so we'll see what happens, I don't know how long I can play on for," he said.

"A lot depends on the mind and I feel sharp, I feel good, I feel as fit as ever and if you want to do it, it's up to you, but I think I have some good years left in me," he told The Herald.

"A few lads at Norwich are doing their UEFA B and I have joined that course, to get started, but I don't know what I want to do."

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