City coach says Cahill's still part of his plans
MELBOURNE City boss Warren Joyce was completely blindsided by Tim Cahill's post-match comments after the Socceroos' win over Honduras, where he hinted his club future needed to be sorted if he is not going to be playing regularly at his A-League club.
Joyce, speaking at an A-League press conference on Thursday morning, said he hasn't had such conversations with Cahill, and that the Socceroos legend remains a key part of his plans.
In fact, Joyce, who said he wasn't aware of the interview until this morning, believes the club's management of the striker assisted his ability to get on the park for the Syria and Honduras ties.
"I actually have not heard that from Tim himself,” Joyce said.
"My view on it is the last game was one of our biggest of the season, which he started.
"He's club captain, part of leadership group.
"I think Australia is one of the only countries not to have international break - big games are called off all around the world so people can play for their country.
"Doesn't happen here, so it doesn't help.
"Delighted he's played a part in getting Australia to the World Cup.
"Delighted for the manager - I don't really know the guy him but you see the way he conducts himself, you hear some of the things he says, the way he plays. Good night for Australian football and a particularly good night for the manager.”
Joyce emphasised that the club's management of Cahill has actually helped get him through the World Cup series.
"I treat him like any other player.
"You had a plan for Timmy incorporating what I saw, how he would play a part for Melbourne City and how I thought we could get him to the World Cup and achieve his plans that way.
"It's a two-fold thing.
"The fact we've managed to be able to get him to play 120 minutes in one game without playing full games for us because we knew he couldn't start games for us is a credit to the medical staff and sports science staff here that he's fit enough to do that in spite of not starting a game.
"I think that plan has helped Timmy and Australia as well.”
"Those sort of conversations are for me and Timmy to have really
"Not something to have here and now.
"You're telling me about something I didn't know until I walked into the building.”
He added: "Every player has to be treated the same at this place.
"We don't talk enough about some of the young Australian young players = Fitzy, Bruce Kamau, Mauky, kids coming in and doing well ...you're looking for the same, every player has got the plan, instruction, every player I give an aim for where I think their career can go to and what they can achieve ... Timmy is the same as everyone else in that respect.”