Giovanni Trapattoni is looking forward to New York Yankee Stadium match against Spain
Gaffer wants to do right by Irish fans in final installment of an eventful season for the Republic
Giovanni Trapattoni clearly wants to do the right thing by any Irish soccer fans heading to Yankee Stadium in New York next Tuesday night for the final installment of quite an eventful season for the Boys in Green and their Italian manager.
Not for the first time, Trapattoni finds himself frustrated by the almost apathetic attitude some of his young charges adopt when it comes to international football.
Having already fallen out with the likes of Darron Gibson and Anthony Stokes, Trapattoni struggled to understand why Anthony Pilkington of Norwich City opted to go on his stag party last week at the expense of his Ireland debut against England in the very creditable 1-1 draw at Wembley.
He then advised Shane Long, captain for Sunday’s 4-0 friendly win over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, to skip his own wedding next week in favor of Ireland’s friendly with Spain in New York.
And he almost lost the head altogether when James McCarthy, suspended for this Friday night’s World Cup home qualifier with the Faroe Islands, decided to take his summer holidays and skip the flight to America for a game designed to serve as shooting practice for world and European champions Spain ahead of their Confederations Cup bid in Brazil next week.
The news that Trap is taking the first Irish soccer international at Yankee Stadium so seriously will clearly come as a surprise to McCarthy, brilliant at the heart of the Ireland midfield at Wembley and set to move to a big four Premier League club from relegated Wigan this summer.
But Trapattoni is in no mood to see McCarthy fail to make the flight to JFK on Saturday if his words at a Dublin press conference on Monday past were anything to go by.
He said, “It’s important. I have a family too but it is about professional discipline. You can make other time to rest. When I was a player, I never turned down these opportunities. Players need to rest as they have played many games, but it’s also important to see on the list the famous names like Richard Dunne, John O’Shea and McCarthy.
“We have accepted to play this game against Spain and the Irish people in New York deserve respect. They are paying for tickets, but not to see the second team. Our players must understand that it’s only for three days.
“If we wanted to send the under-21s to New York, we would send Noel King’s side. The players must understand this.”
Trapattoni has been down the American summer tour road before with club and country. He’s even met President George HW Bush when he brought his Juventus side in 1983.
“When I was a young manager we played in Washington and we visited George Bush, the White House and played a game,” Trap recalled.
“For 30 years, I have been involved in games like this. I was lucky. I was with Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus and we always had fixtures like this.
“Every year after the league we went to New York, Toronto, Niagara Falls or wherever and we had a tour lasting 20 days. Afterwards we had two weeks of holiday and we started again. It’s normal, it’s our job. It’s about professional discipline, education and behavior.”
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