It amazed a lot of teammates how Connor McLaughlin, the full-back from Fleetwood, England League One, suddenly emerged from ‘nowhere’ to feature in nearly every match in the qualifier matches to Euro 2016 tournament.
The 25-year-old has hardly been left behind in the team since, missing just one game in qualifying which was due to suspension. McLaughlin prepared and was determined to play against some of the best attackers in the world as Northern Ireland met Germany, Poland and Ukraine in their first appearance at the European Championship finals on the back of 12 matches without a loss.
“It has been an amazing journey, a few years ago nobody would know who I was,” said McLaughlin at the squad’s training base at Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. “It has been brilliant to be a part of this team and making history nearly every week now. We have got an unbeaten run going and it is amazing to be present and participating here. Hopefully we can do well in the tournament.
Northern Ireland opened their World Cup qualification campaign with a 0-0 draw against the Czech Republic. Even though it was a stalemate, the team at least started the campaign without a loss.
At 25 years of age,McLaughlin is rightly poised to become the first choice right back for Ireland. The fact that manager O’Neill was pleased with the performance of the defender is likely to see him called up for the next round of qualification action, which will take place in October. Northern Ireland will be up against San Marino and Germany in the space of a few days. It will give O’Neill the possibility to testMcLaughlin against a minnow and the reigning world champions.McLaughlin, though, will be hoping that this praise from O’Neill results in more first-team opportunities. Despite being part of the Euro 2016 squad, the player made only one appearance at the major competition. (more…)
ConorMclaughlin might be leaving Fleetwood Town in the summer.
Stephen Pressley admitted that there is interest from Leeds United and that the club might be prepared to sell the player if they received the right amount of money. The manager said that ConorMclaughlin only have one year left on his contract, and that means that the player can leave on a free transfer next season. It is better for them that they sell now and recoup some money rather than wait and see the player leave for nothing.
Stephen Pressley said that the club would do everything they can to safeguard their interest, and that means that they will wait for the best situation before selling the player. (more…)
Steven Davis says the professionals are ambitious and it’s not hard to understand their willingness to work at upper levels if there are opportunities. Michael O’Neill’s situation should be seen from the same point of view.
It is understood that the clubs are starting to come to the Federation of Ireland to talk about the procedure for them to acquire O’Neill and according to Davis, the manager’s interest in leaving would only be normal.
Davis was quoted as saying, “The clubs would be coming for sure. If you ask us, yes of course, each and every one of us would want him not to leave, but, he would have his own aspirations and that’s fine.”
On remarks that the Green and White were too circumspect and were all defence in all 4 Euro matches they played, Davis said that the set up the manager forms depends on what he has got to play with. If he is armed with the attackers, the set up and the style would be different.
In Davis’ words, “You see whom were we up against at the group stage? The likes of Bale, Lewandowski, we didn’t let them have much of a say. Germany, with their quality, had the better of us, but, I believe the formation was absolutely right considering our strength.” (more…)
Northern Ireland Right Back Conor Mclaughlin has been given time off by his club’s manager Steven Pressley after his Euro 2016 international duty.
The Michael O’Neill led squad fought back from the initial defeat to qualify from the group but they could not go pass Wales, who sent them home in the Round of 16. Conor Mclaughlin was the first player to represent his club Fleetwood Town, at a major international tournament hoped to showcase his skills so he could possibly get better employers. However, it is believed that the club has not received any offer for the services of the player.
Mclaughlin returned for the pre season plans of the club but the manager asked him to take the extra time off and return on the 17th of July after resting well. The manager said: “After the season we have had and the Euros, it is important that he manages to switch off mentally and physically. It is most important on the mental side that he takes a break ahead of the new season.”
Fleetwood Town were able to secure a point against Southend United thanks to a late goal fromConor McLaughlin.
Only recently, manager Steven Pressley set a target of eight victories in the remainder of the campaign in order to avoid relegation from League One. The team had a sweet boost of confidence following the 2-0 win over Peterborough United in the previous game. This coupled with a point against Southend will only make Fleetwood confident that they can avoid relegation. The upcoming games for the club are against Oldham, Millwall, and Blackpool. A figure of 65 points will be enough to sustain their position in League One. This has been the magical figure to achieve safety in the division and Fleetwood are approaching the 50 point mark. (more…)
Conor McLaughlin might have put on the Northern Ireland kit and preparing for the coming friendly matches, but, he has been honest enough to confess that he is not glad with the timing of the matches and his mind is still at Fleetwood Town where a tough struggle is for the Cod Army to save their stature as a League One Club.
However, McLaughlin understands the perspective of the Northern Ireland head coach that he is looking to make the side come together for a couple of matches so that the players get to know about their roles a little more clearly and also, he gets to see who fits where and which combination gives him the best result at which positions.
McLaughlin also has the idea that the performances in these friendly matches will count in terms of who will be the coach’s top picks on the visit to France and so, he is taking the assignment seriously and would not just turn up because he has to make the numbers.
He says he is going to take it as a chance to play himself into some kind of form and then, returns to Fleetwood feeling better and helps them in his fullest capacity which he believes he hasn’t quite done. (more…)
Conor McLaughlin is excited with the fact that Northern Ireland has been slotted with strong sides in Group C in the main draw of the Euro Cup.
Northern Ireland looks an absolute minnow on paper in comparison to the other three sides which make Group C, but, according to McLaughlin, rather than fearing the strong opposition, he and his teammates would look to enjoy the challenge.
This is the first time ever that Northern Ireland will be competing in Europe. They had been failing to qualify for the last five decades, but, they finally made it this time around with some spirited performances in the qualifying tournament.
They topped their qualifying group i.e. Group F by winning 6 out of their 10 games.
They will start their campaign in the main tournament on 12th of June, 2016 when they take on Poland at Allianz Riviera in Nice.
Speaking on TV last night about Northern Ireland’s qualification and how the team is approaching the main tournament, McLaughlin said, “To be honest, it’s not totally sunk in that we are in the main draw.” (more…)
Fleetwood Town once again have the ability to field defender Conor McLaughlinafter the player was unavailable in the last fortnight due to his commitments with the Northern Ireland national team.McLaughlin is one of the star players in the Fleetwood Town squad and it is not surprising that he was called up for the international duty. The team has had a rough couple of matches with some narrow defeats against the likes of Chesterfield and Peterborough United. The team has the possibility to return to form by securing a victory against Swindon Town.
It is easier said than done since Fleetwood Town have managed only one win in the last four home matches. A major selection headache for manager Martin Ling will be the inclusion of loan players. Since the football league does not allow the inclusion of more than five players, who are on loan, at a club into the matchday squad, Ling will have to make some tough choices for the Swindon match. One player who is most likely to be involved isTariqeFosu, who impressed after coming on as a sub in the defeat against Peterborough United. Adam El-Abd, Ben Gladwin, Louis Thompson, Wes Thomas, Lawrence Vigouroux and Jordan Turnbull are the other loan players at the club. (more…)
The 23 year old defender Conor McLaughlin has managed to play at the international stage in over 30 occasions as a youth player by going through the Northern Ireland U16-U21 teams. Now that he is old enough to be placed in the main team of his country, Conor is delighted about having this chance as the defender of Fleetwood Town took the chance to express what it feels like to perform for Northern Ireland in important tournaments such as the 2016 Euro’s qualifications.
Conor McLaughlin has been featured in every single 2016 Euro’s qualification match for Northern Ireland including the country’s latest match which was played on March 29 at the Windsor Park against Finland. This game resulted in a 2-1 victory for Northern Ireland as national side of Conor McLaughlin remains in the 2nd spot of Group F with 12 points having been secured so far.
The defender of Fleetwood Town was called up for Northern Ireland’s match against Finland and the right-back was happy to be able to represent his country once more and help them in their quest on progressing into the next rounds of the 2016 Euro’s but it was a bittersweet feeling for Conor McLaughlin as he had to miss out from the match that his club had to play against Preston North End which was played on March 29.
“It’s bittersweet, isn’t it?Its two massive games for Northern Ireland, Scotland at Hampden an (more…)