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I thought you might say that. Previously I've heard LJ talk about how social media affects players, and there have been many reports of him being booed - due to the contractual situation. I've no idea if this impacts on him or his family, assuming they hear or read it. You have very robustly voiced an objection to speculation - I was merely offering up a practical solution. Of course, perhaps neither he nor his family hear anything, or read the Tweets......or OTIB so it might not be an issue. To everyone else on OTIB - This post is nothing to do with who says, shouts or types what, negative or positive. Democracy/free speech and all that.
Given the level of speculation and comment perhaps the club should give Callum the opportunity to put the record straight then - by including him in a group press conference for example (covering various aspects of the season/ new squad etc, not under a spotlight). He could then kill all this stone dead and get on with his job. (Or he could use social media to say something). It's gone on so long surely there is no benefit in remaining silent.
Quite a few articles online this week, seemingly based on a press conference, interview or both. Callum praising his international managers, talking about him having much more to give, how he isn't thinking about potential transfers whilst with RoI and how he avoids social media (due to negative comments). Speculation about Leeds (obvs) then Stoke as you've probably seen. Some reporters now referring to him as injury prone and the situation becoming a "saga". As LJ said last season "It's a funny one"... Can't help thinking the "frozen out" story was counterproductive, the wrong way to put yourself in the shop window and remind everyone that you still exist. He didn't get off the bench last night against Denmark. This lot don't seem to be fans: https://thisisfutbol.com/?s=O%27dowda
In the Irish Times (online): ....McCarthy is also set to be without some rather more experienced squad members for Thursday’s training game against Stephen Kenny’s Under-21 side. Alan Browne was another to suffer a setback last week and Jeff Hendrick is at his brother’s wedding while Shane Duffy and Callum O’Dowda are struggling to completely shake off minor injuries.... Didn't see/hear about him on post match report
I agree entirely. I'd say it's a brave move to create such a negative sounding article. Maybe it will pay off if he plays well with RoI. We'll soon see. His Dad's Linked In page explains the FA Licensed Intermediary thing. Seems it concluded in January 2017.
I started reading OTIB when COD joined your team. I have very much enjoyed your banter, passion and insight - I thank you all! As an Oxfordian I was interested to see how he developed at a higher level. It had been great to watch a local lad, with obvious talent, (literally) grow and become an increasingly important asset to his home club. So I write to ask you a question and this concerns COD's decision making on and off the pitch. I believe that he should have stayed at Oxford for one, maybe even two more seasons. He left, of course, at the same time as Kemar Roofe who is two years his senior and therefore two years more experienced. It is my submission that COD could have matured in his play, developed leadership skills and become, to use a phrase I've seen on the forum recently, a big fish in a small pond. I think he could have impacted hugely on Oxford's performance in League 1 and maybe opened up other transfer possibilities as well as BCFC (no offence meant!). Of course life is full of "ifs", "buts" and "maybes" but I would argue that he may have made better decisions on the pitch, specifically the tackle at Hull, had he grown more.....organically. I don't criticise ambition or desire but it kind of feels like groundhog day and, as his departure looks imminent, I'd like to hear what you guys and gals think.