Tuesday 26 September 2017

Trap sticks to guns after Harte DVD jibes

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI has dismissed criticism from exiled Reading defender Ian Harte about his approach to the job.

Harte, who earned the last of his 64 caps in 2007, is unhappy that his revival in Berkshire has failed to catch Trapattoni's attention.

In an outburst ahead of yesterday's play-off defeat at Wembley, Harte claimed that the 72-year-old and his assistant Marco Tardelli didn't even know he was Irish until another player informed them.

He also criticised Trapattoni's decision to largely base himself in Italy and watch games on DVD. The Irish manager was unmoved by the comments.

"I can learn more from DVDs," he said. "80pc of the players I have gone to see usually didn't play, or played only 10 minutes. In one day, on television or DVD, I can see three or four games every Saturday, every Sunday. As well as that, we have not only Marco watching players but three or four scouts giving us references.

"Harte? We know Harte. (Stephen) Ward for me now is better. He can improve. Harte is 33. I already said that we look to improve this squad. Or else we stay again with (Lee) Carsley, with Steven Reid.

"In the past, it was like this. Now, in two years we have changed the squad and brought in many young players. Who knew about (Simon) Cox before? We look for young energy, for fresh energy."

So, no way back for Harte then. Trapattoni finished his discussion of the Drogheda native with what appeared to be an insult in Italian. "He doesn't like Harte," was Manuela's diplomatic translation.

Meanwhile, Trapattoni also said that he doesn't agree with comments from his former assistant Liam Brady that there is a media campaign to oust him from the Ireland hot-seat.

Brady claimed on RTE on Sunday night that the press were 'hunting in packs' and wanted Trapattoni out. He was speaking in relation to the no-shows for this international gathering.

"I never said this," said Trapattoni. "I don't know, maybe Liam lives in London. I haven't this opinion. Maybe he lives in England and there was with Ancelotti maybe, also with Mancini, Capello. We are Italian. Maybe I can't think this.

"When I meet people in the city, they are happy. I think we have made, until now, a good job."

Irish Independent

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