Monday 21 January 2019

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Trap has to change tactics with players

IT'S good to talk, Trap. Giovanni Trapattoni has a communication problem and badly needs to reconnect with his players.

The Irish manager has been using the megaphone to make his point in recent months when a mobile phone or even a personal visit would have been much more effective.

He's aimed the bullhorn at Darren Gibson, Robbie Keane and James McCarthy and on each occasion, his tactics have backfired.

Remarkably, Trapattoni doesn't have a number for McCarthy, a strange oversight given the fact that he has questioned the player's commitment without actually speaking to the lad.

Thankfully, Trapattoni has rowed back from his original comments and now seems to accept that circumstances rather than a bad attitude have prevented the Wigan playmaker from showing up for tonight's Nations Cup engagement with Wales at Lansdowne Road.

"He (McCarthy) has an injury," said Trap. "He (Martinez) said Wigan are in a bad position in the table and he said maybe he should stay at home.

"I accept this because Martinez was very clear and I understood him. I wish to have him but I have to respect his opinion.

"I wouldn't like to be in conflict with the club. We can wait. He is young."

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