Wednesday 1 October 2014

Giovanni Trapattoni v The Players


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JAMES MCCARTHY: McCarthy’s international career looked like it would never take off under Trap with the player's unavailability for certain internationals made worse by public lashings from the boss, especially when the Glaswegian did not reply to a text message from an FAI staff member in the summer of 2011. After the debacle of Euro 2012, McCarthy has lined out repeatedly at central midfield and is a guaranteed starter now.
SHAY GIVEN: Trapattoni and Given seemingly at odds over the treatment of the player's ongoing injury problems in the lead-up to Euro 2012. After the manager said Given would be an idiot to play against Bosnia, while adding he would be an idiot to pick him, the player left the camp to see his own specialist. After Euro 2012 Trap claimed he was confident Given would stay on for another campaign but 24 hours later the Donegal man announced his retirement. Given had stated that he would return if called upon but that scenario never materialised
MARC WILSON: After Wilson failed to show for the Carling Nations Cup tie with Northern Ireland their relationship began to deteriorate, but their relationship took a strange twist at the beginning of 2012 when Trap said that Wilson had behaved poorly on another occasion but it was later revealed to be a case of mistaken identity. Wilson started against the Faroe Islands last year, scoring a stunning goal, and he has been Trap's first choice left-back ever since.
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