I don't need to defend Arter, I see absolutely no reason why he'd pull out of a squad for a massive qualifier unless he simply isn't fit enough to take part. He's just after getting into the first team picture after starting our best away result in decades, why would he not want to be involved against Wales?
Brady's commitment is unquestionable but I'd be reluctant to dish out praise for him travelling in this situation, we have two games and he's fully fit and available for one of them, friendly or otherwise.
It's apples and oranges comparing Arter's situation to McCarthy's.
Arter failed a late fitness test and didn't, to my knowledge, follow the protocol Hoolahan or McCarthy did and travel to Dublin to be assessed by the FAI. McCarthy has been and still is carrying an injury that would rule a lot of players out but is clearly determined to feature, even if it's a reduced role.
McCarthy experienced undue pressure not just from his club manager, Roberto Martinez, but his national team manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, and Scotland's counterpart manager, in declaring for us.
Over the years he has been unfortunate enough to have yet another manager, Ronald Koeman, who seems determined to drive a wedge.
I will never question his commitment, how could I?
Come off it. He's (Brady) a first team player and nobody would have batted an eyelid if he wasn't named in the squad when he's suspended for the most important game, I was surprised when he was.
It's impressive that he's in Dublin right now and part of the squad when he doesn't have to be.
Not everyone has that commitment to the cause.
I'll allow the current discussion in this thread, but be aware I'm watching. DeLorean, please produce evidence of what TOWK is alleged to have posted.
The search option is straightforward to use.
You want evidence of towk claiming McCarthy's "alleged injury" (which allowed him to bottle out of) for the Scotland game? you're losing your memory Tets, you were even involved in the discussion
For starters, somewhere on this page and onwards, probably previous too
I'm more worried it always being about Everton. There's a pattern developing.
First we had Martinez and him trying to 'curry favour' with his wife by kowtowing to Scotland's cause and now we have Koeman and his pro Welsh agenda.
On brief examination it looks like "Towk" is taking issue with Everton and not McCarthy in fairness
Anyway, yeah, it's pretty much the discussion that Geysir linked. Here's a quick selection... (rinse & repeat and all that)
Hopefully the Aviva will be rocking. It's a shame we have all the injuries, even if not all of them were starters.
With the raft of players missing, I can see the management going down the conversative route in starting XI.
Which means Randolph in goal.
Coleman, O'Shea and Keogh(poss Pearce), Ward,
Whelan, McCarthy, Hendrick
Walters, Long, McClean.
Then off the bench, McGeady, Meyler(if it's going well), Murphy(if it's not going well), Horgan/O'Dowda or Hayes.
Unlikely to see, Westwood, C.Doyle, Boyle, Egan, Christie(unless Coleman is fupped), Hourihane, O'Kane or K.Doyle, although all will probably see action against Iceland.
As you say, Del, after accepting call-ups for friendly games, why, if Arter has supposedly never been truly committed to our cause, would he choose that now, as opposed to before the previous numerous friendly squads in which he's participated, is the time to skive off when he'd have been in line to start a crucial World Cup qualifier (one of the biggest games of his career to date)? Why would he ever have bothered accepting call-ups in the first place if he wasn't truly bothered? Why would he have insisted that he was fully committed to the Irish cause when he might have been in the reckoning for an England call-up earlier this season? Why not just hold off for a more-lucrative England call-up? It just doesn't add up; his words and actions aren't consistent with someone lacking in commitment.
He has an "excellent" relationship with the squad, as reported by Miguel Delaney last October. Roy Keane has had no doubts over his commitment in the past despite previous injuries and media-talk about a potential England-switch. And, clearly, Martin O'Neill has a good, trusting relationship with Arter too. There's obviously mutual respect there between all concerned; people on the inside and in the know. That's good enough to keep me satisfied.
And this idea that he might have headed off to Dubai with Bournemouth without consultation with the Irish medical staff is just baloney. If the FAI had felt the need to bring him over to Dublin for a medical inspection due to doubts over the veracity of his asserted injury, they'd have been fully entitled to do so and so obviously would have done just that. In light of the fact that they didn't, I would suggest it is fair to assume that they were satisfied by whatever evidence Bournemouth/Arter presented to them to demonstrate or indicate to them that there was no prospect of Arter being fit for the upcoming game(s). Thus, I would suggest it is also fair to assume that he has headed off to Dubai with his club to proceed with his rehab programme, as reported by John Fallon. If Arter had headed off to Dubai without the consent of or against the will of the Irish management and medical team, we'd certainly have heard about it by now. To be of the belief that Arter has gone AWOL is just cloud cuckoo land stuff and substantiation ought to be demanded if such nonsense is going to be peddled and regurgitated on here.
Agreed. Considering Brady is fit and he was selected for this squad (which is a two-game squad), of course he has to travel. He's hardly going to be allowed get away with saying, "Sorry, Martin/Roy, I'm suspended for the big one so I really couldn't be arsed for the second game and I'm just gonna stay at home instead, but best of luck sure!"Brady's commitment is unquestionable but I'd be reluctant to dish out praise for him travelling in this situation, we have two games and he's fully fit and available for one of them, friendly or otherwise.
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If Martin O'Neill decided that there was no point in naming him in the squad then fair enough, but I'd find it strange if Brady initiated talks saying that there was no point in him travelling just for a friendly despite being fully fit. I don't see it as a massive display of commitment that he didn't initiate those kind of talks, just professional.
You call the McCarthy & Arter situations apples and oranges despite arguing that they both could have played for us at various times but didn't, that they would have played through the discomfort had they been clubs games, that they'll be back playing without a bother in a few days for their clubs.
The only distinction I can see was the bee in your bonnet about Everton Football Club and their manager putting pressure on McCarthy, but surely he should have been man enough to explain how much he wanted to play if he really was that committed and fitness wasn't really the issue?
How you can call those two situations apples & oranges but think the Brady/Arter thing is a reasonable comparison is truly astounding.
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I think O'Neill might go with 3 nominally in the middle of the park, but with one of them instructed to man-mark Bale.
Bring Back Belfast Celtic F.C.
I don't think he will man mark Bale, but agreed I think he will go with McClean and Walters with mcgeady in the middle
Ironic that it's Hunt who comes out with the expert opinion on the spatial awareness of the central midfielder, hard to forget his cameos in that position, I suppose one could say he had an usual approach to his positioning in that space.
Wow with the number of injuries we have it looks like we will have to call off the fixture altogether.
Kelly like others not born in the Irish Republic (Arter, Clark and Elliott among them) really don't care about their adopted country and even have the audacity to go on trips to Dubai. Terrible!