Friday 19 January 2018

Disappointing treatment of Doyle shows manager has no class – Reid

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Steven Reid has accused Giovanni Trapattoni of "lacking class" for the manner in which he treated Kevin Doyle this week.

Doyle received a text message to inform him of his exclusion from the squad for the crucial World Cup double-header with Sweden and Austria and the West Brom man believes it is typical of the insensitive manner in which he handles players.

Reid retired from international football in the aftermath of ill-timed comments from the Italian about his career prospects in the wake of a long-term injury.

However, he believes the way in which the Doyle situation has been handled is particularly disappointing given how many games the Wolves striker has played for this regime.


"If I was Kevin, I would be very disappointed. He's been a regular in the squad for seven years and I think to be left out of the squad like that ... he deserves more than a text.

"A phone call can make a difference in that situation, just for the manager to explain his reason. But we've seen it before with Trapattoni. It's happened with me and many others.

"Kevin doesn't need to read in the papers about why he has been left out. The manager has to tell him."

Trapattoni's disagreements with players have not gone unnoticed in Sweden, with local media running a long list of the players that he has fallen out with during his tenure.



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