Republic of Ireland Manager Mick McCarthy has revealed that after no contact from Patrick Bamford, he will chase the striker no longer regarding an International call up.
Outspoken Mick McCarthy has had his say regarding his pursuit of Leeds striker Patrick Bamford and his seeming reluctance to return his calls, stating that he “refuses to chase him anymore.”
After Bamford and McCarthy held initial talks regarding the Leeds number 9 pledging allegiance to ROI, at which stage the player told McCarthy that he would delay a decision on his international future while Leeds were fighting for promotion from the Championship, but so far it appears Bamford is reluctant to accept McCarthy’s advances.
The Ireland boss is quoted in the Yorkshire Evening Post as saying, “I’m not going to chase him anymore, it was left on the back-burner and I think it’s up to Patrick”
McCarthy continued, “If he rings me up and he wants to play then yes. But let me ask you a question, if you were an Irish player and you thought you were good enough to play for Ireland, what would you do? Would you pick up the phone? That’s what I did. If he wants to play he has to pick up the phone.”
Leeds signed Bamford (25) from Middlesbrough for £7m last summer but has yet to win over the fans, despite scoring 10 goals in 23 games last season, that having missed most of the season with a persistent knee injury.
Opinion still remains split on the Grantham-born target man, but it appears he still has a future with Leeds United and the Republic of Ireland… should he want it enough.