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The Doc’s Prescription - Lost in translation

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  • by Tony O’Doherty
 

Whatever he has achieved on the field of play for Ireland, there has certainly been no prizes for Giovanni Trapattoni’s handling of the many issues that have come his way off the field since he took over as manager.

Whatever he has achieved on the field of play for Ireland, there has certainly been no prizes for Giovanni Trapattoni’s handling of the many issues that have come his way off the field since he took over as manager.

We have had poor media skills (which haven’t all been down to the language barrier) and complete mishandling of players like our own Darron Gibson, James McClean and others like Wes Hoolahan and James McCarthy.

The latest gaffe concerns Reading’s Stephen Kelly who was forced to issue a statement defending himself after the manager had publicly stated that the defender had given him the ultimatum of playing him or he wouldn’t turn up for the squad in the game against the Faroe Islands.

Unusually the FAI have waded into the row and very publicly have not backed the manager on this one.

It’s my opinion that Trap doesn’t show some players the respect they deserve and this may be a generation thing.

Years ago managers could hire and fire at will but that is no longer the case but Trap doesn’t appear to have moved with the times.

Darron Gibson has had his problems with the manager but is still a Premiership player and yet Trap gets a female employee of the FAI to ring him and request him to join the squad. Not exactly the way to mend bridges and surely Trap himself should have made the contact.

When commenting on Wes Hoolahan he talked down his club Norwich by stating that the player wasn’t noticed because he wasn’t playing for Manchester United or Liverpool!

Maybe Trap hasn’t noticed it, but neither are any of the Irish team and Norwich is a decent Premiership club.

His handling of our own James McClean and aspiring stars like James McCarthy has also left a lot to be desired and so the Italian finds himself under intense media pressure yet again.

If his teams were setting the world alight on the football field then he might get away with some of his behaviour but, as it is, every PR gaffe will be held up to the light by a not so friendly media pack.

 

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