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…)
Conor Mclaughlin has made over 20 league appearances for Fleetwood Town in the English League One. The 23 year old right-back of Northern Ireland has made a number of standout performances for his club; his campaign has been so impressive that he has attracted the attention and interest from clubs in the English Championship League.
The Northern Ireland player had to be at his homeland in order to receive the George Best Breakthrough Award as he was rewarded for his surprising and impeccable string of performances that the young defender has been displaying.
Mclaughlin was delighted to receive the award but he went on saying that he couldn’t celebrate as the young defender had to be back in action and training with his teammates on the following day. (more…)
Fleetwood town manager Graham Alexander has confirmed that he does not plan to bring in any more players during this transfer window, but he left his options open by saying that if the right player turned up, he could bring him in. Alexander has wasted no time in bringing Mikael Mandron from Sunderland. The 19-year-old has been subjected to interest from a number of clubs who are rivals to Fleetwood. Despite this coup, Alexander has left the door open to the possibilities of future rivals.
Mikael Mandron has been signed on loan from Sunderland till the end of the season. Even though Fleetwood are currently top of the goalscoring charts this campaign, Alexander reckons that the addition of more firepower gives them an extra option. He has confirmed that Mandron had offers from different clubs across England, but ultimately chose the challenge from Alexander. The manager could have the freedom of choosing his squad to the maximum strength as he has a number of players on the verge of returning from injuries.
He has said that it is a major boost for the club that they feel like new signings all of the sudden. Fleetwood are one of the favourites to get promoted into the League One, as they have been up there throughout this campaign.
“It was an area we decided needed strengthening. Mikael is a player we’ve been watching for some time and we thought the time was right to move for him. We know he had options but we are all delighted both he and Sunderland decided Fleetwood Town was the best of them. We’ve looked at every area and I think we’re quite happy now with what we’ve got. There aren’t any more targets we’re specifically looking at … but that’s not to say something won’t happen,” said Alexander.
The manager of Fleetwood Town, Graham Alexander, has said that he is excited about the arrival of Charley Taylor and he is looking forward to see him play.
Taylor who is a contracted player of Leeds United has joined Fleetwood Town on loan for a brief period of time. He will be at Highbury for just one month. However, Alexander has hinted that if the young left back puts up good performances, his loan spell might get extended.
Talking to the reporters earlier today about Taylor, Alexander said, “He is someone who is highly rated and we are really excited about him.”
“A couple of our main players are injured. So, we had to bring someone in to strengthen our defense. He has joined us for just 30 days initially. Let’s see what happens after that.”
“I think he will have a great time here at Fleetwood. He has got plenty of potential and I am looking forward to watch him in action.”
“He is 20 years of age at the moment and this is the age when you start thinking about doing special things.”
“The most important thing is hunger. No matter how old you are, you must have that hunger for success and Charlie has got that.”
In its last match against Chesterfield, Fleetwood Town was in danger of suffering a defeat at one point of time. They were down by 0-1 with only a few minutes to go, but, with the goal of Jon Parkin in the 89th minute of the match, the Cod Army eventually managed to equalize the scores and got one point.
When asked about that game, Alexander said, “I am not happy with the outcome to be honest. We should have scored the leveller much earlier.”