Thursday 23 November 2017

Declan Lynch: Pope could pick better team than Trap

The God-given gift of free will doesn't seem to sit well with the present Irish manage

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

IN order to assess the contribution of Giovanni Trapattoni, we must always bear in mind the deep, deep Catholicism of the man. It is said that he knows the present Pope, who, as an Argentinian, would probably feel that he knows enough about football to pick Wes Hoolahan in midfield instead of, say, Paul Green.

Indeed Pope John Paul II, who was definitely a football man, would be up there in paradise now, thinking that he would not have selected Conor Sammon to start against Austria, and might not even have had him in the squad – no doubt Trap knew that pope too.

But above all, Trap knows his own mind, his own conscience. The fact that nobody else on earth or in heaven or in any other dimension knows it, is not a problem for him.

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