GIOVANNI Trapattoni launched a profane attack on Roy Keane's managerial record after the Corkman called on the Italian to make 11 changes for tonight's game in Poznan.
Keane used his Sunday newspaper column to open fire on Ireland's senior players, stating that Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Damien Duff and John O'Shea are 'picked for every game because they have a big reputation. For what? They hadn't qualified for anything in ten years'.
Trapattoni, Keane, and Duff were asked to respond in yesterday's pre-match press conference, and the Ireland manager took the microphone.
"He's been a very great player," he replied. "And he also achieved great success. But I don't know if he achieved the same results as a coach and a manager. I can ask him, why? Why? I think, for an intelligent man, I can't understand."
However, after he finished that statement in English, Trapattoni turned to Italian reporters and spoke in his native tongue as he waited for the next question. "Nonha mai vintu un cazzo," he said. "Non ha fatto niente."
When translated from Italian to English, it effectively means, "He's won nothing, for f**k's sake."
The current skipper Keane, and Duff, both kept their silence, with the former simply stating, "I think we'll leave it at that," after the manager's comments.
The older Keane last night replied to Trapattoni's outburst.
"I'm surprised. I think the reaction, as usual, is over the top," he said, speaking on ITV.
"I actually never criticised the manager. I said the players need to change their mentality and the supporters, so for the manager to come out and have a dig at me...
"I understand he's going to defend his players. But to come out with all that nonsense about what have I done as a manager -- listen, I think I've done okay at Sunderland, okay it didn't work out at Ipswich, I'm still quite young, hopefully there's a chance I'll get back into management.
"Just because he's had major success doesn't mean to say he shouldn't be criticised. If Brian Kerr or Steve Staunton was manager of Ireland and they put on that performance, they'd be heavily criticised.
"For some reason Trapattoni doesn't feel he needs to be criticised. And the strange thing is I never actually did criticise him. He needs to get his facts right really.
"The players should have done better and it's time to give some of the younger fellas a chance,'' he added.