Friday 24 November 2017

Pardew fumes at Trap

SOCCER

Phil Campion

NEWCASTLE UNITED manager Alan Pardew is upset by Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni's comments about his striker Leon Best.

The Italian recently criticised Best's workrate, which incensed Pardew.

The Ireland manager made a public declaration that the former Coventry striker was left out of the squad to play Andorra and Armenia because of his lack of industry and chose to discuss it with media instead of contacting the Magpies forward.

Trapattoni surprised everyone by picking West Brom's Simon Cox ahead of in-form Shane Long and Jon Walters and leaving Best to kick his heels in the north-east of England when Cox had played less than half an hour of Premier League football this season.

An angry Pardew believes Best (25) has played as well this season as any of the strikers available to Trapattoni and deserves a place in the squad to face Estonia.

"I was a little bit disappointed with the manager's comments, because I thought they were a little bit unfair," said Pardew.

"He's got very good strikers, Trapattoni -- make no mistake about that.

"But to question his workrate, I think was unfair. I'll tell him that if I ever see him.

"I wish him luck in the play-off game, and I think he should perhaps come and have another look at Bestie. He might change his mind.

"Some managers don't want their players in the international scene, but I don't really mind.

"I think it's good for them, and I think Leon Best's playing as well as any striker in that Irish squad."

Irish Independent

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