Boss right to leave me on the bench after winning start -- McShane
Published 07/09/2010 | 05:00
PAUL McSHANE has no complaints with Giovanni Trapattoni's decision to leave him out of the team for tonight's Euro 2012 qualifier with Andorra, admitting he would have done the same if he was manager.
The Hull man missed the trip to Yerevan with a hamstring injury, and ended up watching the game on television in his apartment. However, he recovered sufficiently to meet up with the rest of the squad on their return, and is vying for a place on the bench tonight after Trapattoni confirmed he will pick the same XI.
"It's hard to change a winning team," admitted McShane. "He does like a settled team and you would not blame him as a manager. If I was manager, then I would like a settled team."
McShane can expect to figure at some stage in the Euro 2012 campaign, given that the Italian holds him in high regard.
The Wicklow lad believes that Trapattoni's regime has helped improve the overall mentality, and spotted further evidence of that in the victory in Armenia.
"He has made us a solid outfit," he says, "I think he has brought my game on that way, with the Italian mentality and the points that he puts across.
"If you notice, the wingers do a lot of the work for the full-backs so, as a full-back, it's great. You sort of slow the play down and double-mark. In this way, he focuses on the shape of the team and when he watches videos he says 'you should be here at this time' going to breaking balls. Every inch counts in the game."
McShane will be joined on the bench tonight by his good friend Andy Keogh, who made a late contribution as a substitute on Friday. The pair played schoolboy football together for St Joseph's Boys and McShane is godfather to Keogh's daughter.
The duo have both dropped down a level to the Championship this year, with Keogh joining Cardiff on loan from Wolves.
Craig Bellamy's decision to join Cardiff was a huge factor in Keogh's decision, confirming his belief that the Welsh club have real ambition to progress to the top flight.