Giles: 'time was right' to get rid of Trap
Soccer pundit John Giles believes that "the time was right" to change the Ireland soccer manager Giovanni Trapattoni.
But now that he has a second chance, the 'Evening Herald' writer and RTE pundit hopes the Italian will "go out and see more matches and more players" while improving his relationship with his side.
The former Ireland soccer manager was talking straight as usual as he undertook a Q&A with football fans to launch his new book 'The Great And The Good' at Dun Laoghaire's County Hall.
Describing the national side's performance of late as "terrible", he agreed with calls for Trapattoni to go. "My take on it would be it would have been better if we had changed manager. I think the time was right.
"Now he has an extension, I hope he goes to see more matches and sees more players. More than that, I hope he has a better relationship with his players, gives new players an opportunity and plays the team in a more constructive manner," Giles told the Irish Independent.
'The Great and the Good', published by Hachette Ireland in hardback for £21.99, is the follow up to 2010 best-seller 'John Giles: A Football Man', which sold over 40,000 copies in Ireland and was named Irish Sports Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2010. Sunday Independent writer Declan Lynch worked on both books with Giles.
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