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Wednesday 19 September 2018

Randolph should go: O'Neill

Irish boss advises keeper to move as Hart takes place

Martin O'Neill. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Martin O'Neill. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Martin O'Neill agrees that Ireland keeper Darren Randolph needs to quit West Ham and move on to guarantee first team football.

With weeks left before the transfer window closes, it's already been a busy summer for O'Neill's players as some of his squad members (Glenn Whelan, Jon Walters, Aiden McGeady, Cyrus Christie and Jonny Hayes) have switched clubs.

Daryl Murphy should complete his move to Nottingham Forest from Newcastle this weekend.

Randolph, firmly established as the No. 1 with Ireland, is now effectively third-choice keeper at West Ham, following Joe Hart's arrival and O'Neill accepts that it might be time for the 30-year-old to move on.

"Not playing first team football, whether they be a goalkeeper or midfielder, then it does be a concern," O'Neill said last night.

"Joe Hart has gone there, he is obviously going to be the first team goalkeeper. While I'm sure West Ham would want Darren to hang around, Darren will probably want to try to play first team football," said O'Neill, who is upbeat about Séamus Coleman's recovery from his broken leg.

"He is really pleased and if anyone is going to come back more quickly it will be him," added O'Neill.

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