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“It’s sad, but he’s made the right de­ci­sion, no doubt. He’s had an ex­cel­lent ca­reer and seems a real de­cent guy. He’s 34, he’s had a de­cent in­nings and hope­fully he’s picked the right time

“I’m sure there is (more re­search needed to be done), that’s on­go­ing. But if you’re wor­ried about the phys­i­cal side of any sport, you’re wary of it, then play chess. It’s part of the game, whether it be hurl­ing, foot­ball, Amer­i­can foot­ball, the rugby lads, it’s part of the game. When you cross that line, there is an el­e­ment of risk in­volved.”

“Some­times you need that fox in the box. They have got that, cer- tainly, Maguire and Scott. They have that in their DNA. Now whether they can go and pro­duce it at in­ter­na­tional level is eas­ier said and done. But if you look at their track record, Maguire and Ho­gan, you know that, at what­ever level they have played, they do know where the back of the net is. And we have just not had some­one of that na­ture.”

“James seems to be get­ting a lot of in­juries at Ever­ton, so I don’t think we’ve any­thing to worry about with how much we push James. The med­i­cal staff are all over it, they’re in con­tact with Ever­ton. I think they’ve more sci­en­tists in­volved than there needs to be. James has done a lit­tle bit with us yes­ter­day, a lit­tle bit today, he’ll prob­a­bly do a lit­tle bit to­mor­row, a lit­tle bit Thurs­day, maybe a lit­tle bit on Fri­day, prob­a­bly a lit­tle bit on Satur­day, a lit­tle bit next Sun­day and a lit­tle bit on Mon­day. Then, he’ll go back to Ever­ton. I said the last time, clubs, as much as they look at what we’re do­ing, they have to look at what they’re do­ing them­selves. James seems pretty up­beat and I’m glad to have him here.”

“If you watch it over again, it’s just re­ally poor de­fend­ing from Ever­ton. I like to think that if we con­ceded a goal like that we’d be dis­ap­pointed. As much as I’m de­lighted for the Ir­ish lads at Burn­ley — they all seem to be hav­ing a re­ally good sea­son — I know that if I was the Ever­ton man­ager and I saw my play­ers de­fend­ing like that, I wouldn’t be happy. It was a cou­ple of passes, a cou­ple of square passes, a full-back and a mid­fielder not go­ing with their run­ners. So I think it was more the other way around than bril­liant play.”

“Lis­ten, that will soon change. Af­ter a week work­ing with me, he’ll wish I’d never met him. That’s what most peo­ple say af­ter a week. No, it’s nice to have him in and in­volved. The fact that he is a United fan is ir­rel­e­vant . He’s now an Ir­ish player and we are glad to have him on­board.”

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