Thursday 17 January 2019

Player attacks hurting Ireland

HE just won't let it go. Giovanni Trapattoni is refusing to back down from his inexplicable attack on James McCarthy and is now undermining the FAI's future prospects of recruiting from the global Irish community.

Instead of calming troubled waters, Trapattoni threw another bucket of fuel onto the McCarthy story and if that wasn't enough, he then had another pop at Darron Gibson, reiterating his assertion that he should leave Old Trafford for regular football.

Trapattoni compared McCarthy's circumstances with an unnamed player who apparently demanded guaranteed first choice status through his agent as his price for declaring for Ireland.

Unconfirmed speculation suggested that Jamie O'Hara, now surrounded by Irishmen at Wolves, was the player involved and if there was any remaining chance that he might declare for Ireland, that's probably gone now.

Trap waded in again late last night when he claimed that Roberto Martinez told him that it was McCarthy and not Wigan who made the decision to withdraw from the Irish squad.

"We cannot force the player to play with us. He is 21 years old. I was a man at 20. I could decide which club to play for. He is a free man, decide. We cannot ask why, why, why. Ask him."

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