Wolverhampton Wanderers fullback Matt Doherty has had a fantastic couple of seasons at the club, more than playing his part in our Championship title winning season, as well as our excellent return to the Premier League in 2018/19.
Having finished seventh in the division and secured Europa League football for next term, despite the season that he’s had Doherty has fared less well on international duty and in the Republic Of Ireland’s clashes this week, he’s remained an unused substitute.
With the 27-year-old unable to get passed Everton stalwart, and Republic skipper, Seamus Coleman, manager Mick McCarthy was asked after the game if the failed right wing experiment against Gibraltar earlier in the year was the reason behind the omission.
The Birmingham Mail quoted our former gaffers’ words, and it’s fair to say he wasn’t happy with how the question had been painted.
“That really is a ridiculous assessment of it. I think Matt is a fabulous right back but unfortunately for him, I think Seamus is a better one. And the other thing about Seamus is, he’s a fabulous personality and the captain of the team. So it’s just difficult, you know. But at this moment in time why would I leave Seamus out?”
He went on to say.
“Why not talk about him instead of putting Matt Doherty in that position? Callum Robinson is an attacker. Matt isn’t an attacker, he’s a right wing back and he is a brilliant right wing back for Wolves but unfortunately sometimes, the manager just thinks that there is somebody who is better in that position. I can’t say anything other than that or give you any other reasons. I really love Matt Doherty. I signed him at Wolves, he’s had a great career. But you know sometimes I’m telling players that and it’s hard: ‘You’re not playing today.’ ‘Why not?’ ‘Do you know what? Because that’s my preference.’ That’s what it is.”
Mick rarely pulls his punches and it’s one of the reasons people still like him.