Sunday 21 January 2018

Shay Given calls for Trap axe

Giovanni Trapattoni and Shay Given during a Republic of Ireland press conference last year
Giovanni Trapattoni and Shay Given during a Republic of Ireland press conference last year

Former Republic of Ireland keeper Shay Given has called on the FAI to end Giovanni Trapattoni's reign as manager of the Boys in Green.

The Lifford man, who has 125 caps to his name, believes that the national team needs a fresh perspective going forward.

“Trapattoni has had a good reign as boss of Ireland, we narrowly missed out on qualification for the World Cup after losing a play-off to France," Given told TalkSport this morning.

“We then qualified for the Euros for the first time in 24 years and that was a fantastic achievement, obviously the campaign was very disappointing but it was great to get there.

“I do think the time is right after the Austria match for him to step down before his contract runs out in June, as I’ve said he’s done well but I think we need a change and we need something fresh.

Given also added that there was no tension between the Italian and the players but did say that communication was a problem at times.

“There was never any problem between the players and Trapattoni everyone got on well but because of his lack of English communication at times was a problem," he added

“People sometimes lose sight of the fact that we’re a small nation and were competed against Gaelic, Rugby and Hurling for players so it’s difficult to produce top quality players.

“I think the FAI should take there time with the next appointment and make sure it’s the right appointment for Ireland going forward."

The relationship between Given and Trapattoni has been bumpy recently.

Trapattoni and Given were seemingly at odds over the treatment of the player's ongoing injury problems in the lead-up to Euro 2012.

After the manager said Given would be an idiot to play against Bosnia, while adding he would be an idiot to pick him, the player left the camp to see his own specialist.

After Euro 2012 Trap claimed he was confident Given would stay on for another campaign but 24 hours later the Donegal man announced his retirement.

Given stated afterwards that he would return if called upon but that scenario looks increasingly unlikely.

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