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Sunday 17 December 2017

Is Trap on the same page as players?

IRELAND must learn from the English experience to ensure the future of Irish soccer -- and our World Cup 2014 hopes -- are not lost in translation.

Disconsolate, disenfranchised and disappointed Irish players left the pitch in Poznan last night unsure of what the future holds.

With his system hopelessly exposed, his relationship with the players tarnished and the loyal generals who got him to Euro 2012 preparing to bow out, Trap's position looks increasingly untenable.

Liam Brady spoke last night about how a Trapattoni team in the past would never allow it's full-backs to surrender possession to 'no man's land'.

Doomed

Placing limitations on players who have risen through the ranks to play professional football in the fiercest league in the world, the Premier League, beggars belief.

If you place limits on players, they will play within those limits. Encourage them to trust in their innate abilities and they can surprise you. Trap doesn't do surprises.

The FAI must now take a leaf out of the FA's book. David Bernstein was pilloried and the English were branded a laughing stock when they foresaw a doomed Euro 2012 campaign under Fabio Capello and cut their losses.

An English side, packed with individuals, massive egos but undoubted talent are now playing like a cohesive unit under Roy Hodgson.

England's star man Wayne Rooney gave his opinion in a recent interview on the new regime -- an opinion which is perhaps universally endorsed by the rest of the squad.

"It helps with everyone being English and there is nothing lost in translation.

"We all understand what the manager wants."

It is not a case that Ireland needs a manager who is a fluent English-speaker, that's not the point I think Rooney was making, it is a case that the manager's philosophy should mirror the beliefs and aspirations of the players and the nation.

Trap's failure to manage and mould the brimming talents of James McCarthy, James McClean, Seamus Coleman and Darron Gibson speaks volumes.

Dietmar Hamann lauds Trap for kick-starting his career and spending hours after training investing time in young talent -- could Coleman and McCarthy speak equally as highly?

The Irish players were content to stand behind Trap's philosophy when it was getting results.

But his vision for Ireland now differs greatly to that of the players charged with getting us to Brazil 2014.

Bringing on strikers to replace wingers to create extra bodies for speculative balls into the box would have been considered draconian in the 60s and 70s when Irish soccer was on the floor.

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