Monday 18 December 2017

Trap can’t call all the players

Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI has been plunged into yet another row over his communication skills, with Kevin Doyle expressing his disappointment at being dropped for the crunch qualifiers against Sweden and Austria by text message.

Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli responded by saying that the manager could not call every player to inform them that they had been left out and added that the experienced striker, who has captained the side under Trapattoni, was not owed a phone call to tell him the news.

Despite being one of the most consistent performers throughout the Italian's tenure, the Wolves forward was informed of his omission by SMS after scoring the winner in his club's win over Bristol City on Saturday.

The Wexford native said he was "very disappointed" with how the news was communicated to him. He has not spoken to the manager about his feelings.

But assistant manager Tardelli argued that there was nothing wrong with not picking up the phone and calling a man who has won 53 caps under the current regime, joking that he himself only calls his own children.

He insisted that Doyle has a future with the international team, despite five strikers being named ahead of him for the crucial qualifiers.

"I think all players deserve the same thing and the boss can't call all the players," he said. "We know, for us, Kevin Doyle's time is not finished. We know that he is a good player. We know that, in the future, it is possible for him to come back here.

"I sent a message to Damien Duff, Richard Dunne, all players. I can't call all players because you stay out (of the squad) or not. It's normal.

"Nobody sent me a message or called me when they decided that I stay out (of the Italy squad) or when I finished playing in the national team. It's normal. No message, no call, nothing.

"I know the player is disappointed and it's normal as a player. When you are sacked, when the job sack you, you understand.

"If the boss had called him, you'd say to me that it was better to send an SMS. If the boss sends him an SMS, you'd tell me it's better to call. It's the same thing. We love all the players that give us success."

Doyle is the latest in a long line of players to become disenchanted with Trapattoni's style of management.

The 29-year-old has been in poor form for his club, but was named in the extended squad and was shocked to learn of his omission.

"I was very disappointed to come in after the game (against Bristol City) to a text message saying I wasn't to travel to Ireland to join up with the squad," he told the Wolves website.

"It was disappointing as I have been in every squad when I have been fit for seven-and-a-half years. I thought I might get a phonecall but it wasn't to be. I haven't spoken to the manager about it.

"Maybe he will speak to me about it in the future and, for now, I just have to get on with it. I have never taken a place in the squad for granted and have always found it a great pleasure and privilege to play for my country.

"I feel I have always given 100pc in terms of showing the right attitude and dedication with Ireland in every training session and every match, as I do here at Wolves.

"I will carry on doing that and hopefully get another opportunity to do that again in the future.

"It was disappointing to get the text message telling me not to travel particularly after such a good game with Wolves -- you quickly go from one extreme to another.

"But that's football -- I'm not going to cry about it. I'll just get on with it and hopefully get back in the squad as soon as I can."

Irish Independent

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