star Barry Quinn has been called up to Eire's squad as club captain
Gary McAllister started talks over new contract offer from the
Quinn was summoned to link up
with the Republic of Ireland senior squad in Dublin with his Coventry
team mates Gary Breen and Robbie Keane.
He received his call up after
several of the Irish players had to withdraw through injuries.
Quinn has the chance of making
his senior international debut against Greece.
He is no stranger to
representative matches. He skippered the Republic's youth side to the
European Championship crown and has been capped several times at
But midfielder Paul Telfer has
been forced to pull out of the Scotland squad for tonight's friendly
with Holland after straining a knee at Upton Park.
Sky Blues captain Gary
McAllister, the club's only ever-present player this season, had talks
with chairman Bryan Richardson yesterday to extend his three-year
contract which expires in the summer.
The former Scotland captain,
linked with a move to Derby County said: "The club have made
their first offer and I am thinking about it for a few days. We have
started talks but there are no deadlines.
The 35-year-old said:
"It is very late in day
and I am just disappointed that nothing has happened sooner. There
are just three games left and I would have hoped to have sorted it
out by now, one way or the other, so I can get on with things.
"I would have thought
Coventry are still in the strongest position because I am settled
here and know the club. I have been linked to a few other clubs
recently and I wanted it settled as quickly as possible."
Coventry team mate Colin Hendry will undergo surgery on his broken
The Scotland skipper fractured
his eye socket and nose and cut his head in the 5-0 defeat at West Ham
He is out for two weeks after
being concussed and his other injuries are certain to rule him out for
the rest of the campaign.
Manager Gordon Strachan said:
"Colin needs the nose
straightening and is also having trouble breathing and hopefully the
surgery will help sort that out. I would have thought we have seen
him for the last time this season."