Stephen Kelly ‘lost the head’ with Trapattoni, says Hunt
Ireland star did have bust-up with Tardelli despite Trap denial – Hunt
Published 27/11/2012 | 05:00
However, Hunt has confirmed that his team-mate did clash with the management.
"I can understand why the Stephen Kelly thing happened when it happened," he said. "Frustration had built up with everyone who hadn't played and Stephen had played his fair share of games to a degree.
"So maybe that was the reason why he kind of lost his head for all of 15 minutes and decided to go back on his word and go back on the plane."
At the time, Trapattoni played down the incident.
Hunt nonetheless believes the national squad owe manager Trapattoni "loyalty".
"I'd imagine he still has support," added Hunt. "A lot of the lads owe him loyalty – he has given them their debuts, the likes of Simon Cox and others."
And while he admitted he was angry with Trapattoni after their final group game, he never considered walking away.
"I was p***ed off, 100pc. Angry, yes. Heartbroken, yes. (But) no, I never thought about not wanting to play.
"I told him I was frustrated, especially after the Italy game. I was heartbroken and very upset after the game.
"I didn't want to know anything about it, to be honest, at the time. But there's experienced players like Damien Duff that say things to you that mean a lot to you then, that you take it to the grave with you when you go. So you crack on.
"(Trapattoni) has his ways. He's stubborn. But I do like him and I think he is the right man for the job and that's coming from a person who
didn't play (at the Euros)." Elsewhere, Nottingham Forest are
waiting to discover the extent of the ankle injury Cox suffered against Wolves.
An initial X-ray has revealed no major bone fractures but the club are now waiting on the results of an MRI scan which was conducted yesterday to determine whether there is any ligament damage.