Craic & Codology

O’DONOGHUE REVELLING IN FREEDOM UNDER MICK

CLASH OF HEADS: Tony after one of his post-match chats with Martin O’Neill
CLASH OF HEADS: Tony after one of his post-match chats with Martin O’Neill

IRELAND regular Tony O’Donoghue says he is “relishing” a new-found freedom in his role since Mick McCarthy returned to the reins of the national side.

The veteran performer concedes he felt “quite restricted” under former boss Martin O’Neill who, he reveals, “didn’t want to play ball at all” on occasions.

“Martin never liked me putting in a challenge” says the much-travelled journeyman. “I’d be waiting for the rollicking or even a cuff around the ear after every game. But Mick lets me express myself as I please. He even encourages me to dribble.”


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