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Giovanni Trapattoni has lost Ireland"s backing

Caught in a Trap: He doesn't watch games and fights his stars but Ireland can't sack Gio

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UPDATED:

22:02 GMT, 14 October 2012

He hasn’t just lost the dressing room, Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has lost an entire nation.

In the space of five painful months for Irish football, the legendary Italian coach has watched his team capitulate on the big stage and on Friday night they suffered their heaviest and most embarrassing home defeat in history — 6-1 by Germany.

So where has it all gone wrong Well, if you thought things were bad for England under Fabio Capello, try four-plus years with Trapattoni for Ireland’s players.

Trouble: Giovanni Trapattoni (right) has alienated many players

Trouble: Giovanni Trapattoni (right) has alienated many players

He doesn’t watch Premier League games, but stays in his Milan apartment with wife Paola, relying on reports from his London-based assistant Marco Tardelli, and clips from satellite TV and DVDs.

He barely communicates with his players and, due to his limited English, when he does he makes little sense or falls out with them.

When Ireland took to the field for the first Euro 2012 finals match against Croatia in June it was on the back of a 14-game unbeaten run which included 11 clean sheets.

It took just three minutes for all that good work to unravel and make a mockery of the cash-strapped FAI’s decision to reward Trapattoni and Tardelli with new two-year contracts worth a combined 2million.

In and out: The top team is Trapattoni's preferred eleven, the bottom he rarely plays

When Trapattoni took over from Steve Staunton, Ireland were ranked 42nd in the world and it was a considerable coup for the FAI to land the services of one of the most decorated coaches in European football, whose c.v. includes Italy, AC Milan, Juventus and Bayern Munich. They had the financial backing of billionaire Denis O’Brien to fund the wages but now they can’t afford to sack him.

Trapattoni made an immediate impact on
players who were looking for experience and guidance. They reached the
World Cup 2010 qualifying play-offs only to be denied by the hand of
Thierry Henry.

He may not have been able to speak
coherent English — it’s a strange combination of Italian, German and
English known as ‘Trappish’ — but then he had Liam Brady alongside him
to interpret. Brady left his post two years ago and has never been
replaced.

His press conferences are still
baffling. If he can’t be understood by the media, what chance have his
players got This week he was accused of abandoning his team before,
during and after the humiliation against Germany, and leaving his
players and injured captain Robbie Keane to carry out team
talks.

Embarrassment: Joachim Low's Germany beat Ireland 6-1

Embarrassment: Joachim Low's Germany beat Ireland 6-1

‘Giovanni hardly says anything to the team and very rarely speaks at half-time,’ said former Ireland winger Kevin Kilbane. ‘He certainly doesn’t do anything on an individual level so if a player is doing something wrong or right, he will hardly ever tell them.’

Key to the original transformation was the rigid defensive system he introduced which got the best out of the likes of Sean St Ledger and Glenn Whelan. He helped extend the international career of Keane — a player Tardelli had ruthlessly abandoned at Inter Milan — and improved inconsistent performers like Aiden McGeady and Richard Dunne.

But there were inevitably victims
along the way and players whose international careers have been halted
by the callous Trapattoni.

There were talented men like Andy
Reid, thrown on the Irish scrapheap because he played his guitar too
late and too loud in a German hotel, or the maverick Stephen Ireland.
The list of players Trapattoni has fallen out with includes Liam
Lawrence, Joe Murphy, Darron Gibson and Stephen Hunt.

Perhaps the cruellest cut of them all
was Wolves’ Kevin Foley who was ejected from the Euro 2012 squad on the
eve of departure from the training camp in Italy.

Axed: Kevin Foley (left) was brutally cut from the Ireland squad

Axed: Kevin Foley (left) was brutally cut from the Ireland squad

The beginning of the problems for Trapattoni’s reign came in the Tuscan spa town of Montecatini.

While Trapattoni high-fived with local dignitaries, his unhappy players stewed in their antiquated hotel.

Fed up with his repetitive training sessions and military planning, by the time they arrived in Poland they were on the cusp of rebellion. Their surrender in the European Championship, admittedly against the might of Italy and Spain, was hardly a surprise.

Since then, Shay Given and Duff have retired and Gibson has announced his non-availability. Sunderland’s talented winger James McClean became the latest to fall out with the manager after he was inexplicably left out of the side which played poorly in Kazakhstan last month.

McClean is not in this squad because he is injured, but there is every chance he will be fit enough to start Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby.

When they qualified for the Euros nearly a year ago, Trapattoni could have been awarded the freedom of the entire Republic of Ireland. Now, they can’t wait to see the back of him.

Admission: John O'Shea conceded the fans had a reason for booing

Admission: John O'Shea conceded the fans had a reason for booing

John O’Shea admitted the fans had a point when they jeered the team and manager after the Germany defeat. He said: 'I would say that they were exactly right to do it – I’m surprised the whole stadium did not do it when you lose 6-1.

'When you come to watch a team to try to get a win and it loses 6-1, it’s not the result that you want and you are not going to be happy.

'Thankfully this game has come around really quickly and we can get three qualifying points towards qualifying for the World Cup.

'Obviously we are still massively disappointed by how it went the other night. This game comes around fast and if we get the win then we will have six points from two games.

'We cannot forget about the other night but hopefully we can move on from it.'

London 12 Leeds 58: Rhinos on the rampage as Broncos capitulate

London 12 Leeds 58: Rhinos on the rampage as Broncos capitulate

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UPDATED:

16:24 GMT, 30 June 2012

Danny McGuire stole the show with four tries as Leeds strengthened their play-off push with a 58-12 romp in London.

The Rhinos rose to sixth in the Stobart Super League table thanks to a 10-try display, six coming in the final 20 minutes of the contest.

Rampaging Rhino: Chris Bailey attempts to stop Leeds' Stevie Ward

Rampaging Rhino: Chris Bailey attempts to stop Leeds' Stevie Ward

The hosts had hoped to make it back-to-back wins at home, and were able to return the fit again Michael Witt and Olsi Krasniqi to their line-up.

For the Rhinos, Jamie Peacock and Brent Webb both missed out with knee injuries. Leeds were aiming to make it three successive wins after high-scoring triumphs over Wakefield and Castleford.

However, the Londoners made the brighter start. Witt engineered a gap for Dan Sarginson only for the full-back to be hauled down just short of the line.

Leeds were the next to go close, having a try chalked off for an obvious forward pass.

Not this time: Weller Hauraki of Leeds Rhinos thwarts Antonio Kaufusi

Not this time: Weller Hauraki of Leeds Rhinos thwarts Antonio Kaufusi

The Broncos were having the bulk of the play, Scott Wheeldon coming close to giving the hosts the lead on 18 minutes, only to spill a pass near the Rhinos line.

Julien Rinaldi was once again proving influential for the men from the capital, and after a surging run took the hosts deep into Leeds territory, Chris Bailey rounded things off by storming over at the sticks in the 22nd minute.

The Rhinos were stung into action and responded with a try of their own within moments, Shaun Lunt crashing over from close range to level things up.

Tough day: Michael Witt can't find a way past Leeds' Kallum Watkins

Tough day: Michael Witt can't find a way past Leeds' Kallum Watkins

Lunt pushed Leeds into the lead in the 31st minute, barrelling over under the posts despite the attentions of three would-be tacklers.

The visitors had gone through the gears and suddenly the Broncos were dropping off tackles and being caught out defensively.

And before the break the Rhinos had stretched well clear, McGuire strolling over for a brace of tries on 37 and 39 minutes.

The hosts were in need of a lift, and they got it five minutes after the restart thanks to some shocking play from the visitors.

Holding pattern: London's Jamie O'Callaghan feels the full force of Stevie Ward's challenge

Holding pattern: London's Jamie O'Callaghan feels the full force of Stevie Ward's challenge

Zac Hardaker's pass went to ground, allowing Kieran Dixon the simplest of tasks of picking up possession and cantering over.

Suddenly the Broncos had their tails up, although they remained two scores behind.

London came mightily close to reducing that to one score in the 54th minute, David Howell unable to hold what would have been a try-scoring pass from Witt.

Having absorbed the best the home side could throw at them, Leeds took advantage of both Will Lovell and Craig Gower laying prone with injuries to run on the last tackle, Carl Ablett stretching clear to tee up McGuire for his hat-trick on the hour mark.

That seemed to knock the fight out of the Broncos, and moments later Ablett touched down for a try of his own.

Now it was a case of how many, and McGuire was soon at it again, cantering over for his fourth after a break from Jamie Jones-Buchanan.

Further late scores were to follow from Hardaker, Rob Burrow and Kylie Leuluai in the final eight minutes.

Kenny Dalglish defends Liverpool after QPR defeat

Dalglish defiant on Liverpool's hopes of reaching Champions League despite collapse at QPR

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UPDATED:

07:47 GMT, 22 March 2012

Kenny Dalglish stood defiantly by his players despite watching Liverpool capitulate at Loftus Road on Wednesday night.

Leading 2-0 with just 13 minutes left to play, the Anfield club somehow managed to leave Queens Park Rangers empty-handed after a dramatic comeback.

And a feisty Dalglish refused to criticise his side before storming out of a quickfire post-match press-conference.

Capitulation: Liverpool surrendered a 2-0 lead

Capitulation: Liverpool surrendered a 2-0 lead

He said: 'No one has spoken in the dressing room. I can't explain it, it's not lack of concentration, we give QPR a bit of credit.

'There's not much more to say, I don't have answers to what happened but we have to find answers. For most of the game we were dominant.

'We were creative, thoughtful and professional but they've walked away with three points. We did concentrate, there's no need to find something. Our players didn't get what they deserved.'

The defeat leaves Liverpool eight points off a Champions League spot but Dalglish said: ‘It’s not over until it’s over.’

Defiant: Dalglish defended his side

Defiant: Dalglish defended his side

QPR's victory dragged them out of the bottom three and manager Mark Hughes feels it could prove to be the pivotal moment of their season.

He said: ‘This could be a defining moment, so we have to make sure it is. This night is up there with some of the best I’ve had as a manager. We may look back at this and say that was when we turned our season around.

Turning point: Hughes was thrilled with QPR's comeback

Turning point: Hughes was thrilled with QPR's comeback

‘People have written us off but you do that at your peril because I know the quality of players we’ve got.’

QPR captain Joey Barton was booed by his own supporters when he was substituted in the second half.

Hughes added: ‘Joey wasn’t having the best of times and I felt I needed to make the change. But he is a strong character and is a big part of what we are doing here.’

Kenny Dalglish defends Liverpool squad

Defiant Dalglish defends Reds despite dismal collapse at Loftus Road

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UPDATED:

23:13 GMT, 21 March 2012

Kenny Dalglish defiantly stood by his Liverpool players on Wednesday night, despite watching his side capitulate at Loftus Road.

Leading 2-0 with just 13 minutes left to play, the Anfield club somehow managed to leave Queens Park Rangers empty-handed after a dramatic comeback.

And a feisty Dalglish refused to criticise his side before storming out of a quickfire post-match press-conference.

Capitulation: Liverpool surrendered a 2-0 lead

Capitulation: Liverpool surrendered a 2-0 lead

He said: 'I can't explain it, it's not lack of concentration, we give them [QPR] a bit of credit.

'There's not much more to say, I don't have answers to what happened but we have to find answers. For most of the game we were dominant.

'We were creative, thoughtful and professional but they've walked away with three points. We did concentrate, there's no need to find something. Our players didn't get what they deserved.'

Defiant: Dalglish defended his side

Defiant: Dalglish defended his side

QPR's victory dragged them out of the bottom three and manager Mark Hughes feels the game could prove to be the pivotal moment of their season.

'This could be a defining moment, so we have to make sure it is,' said Hughes.

'This night is up there with some of the best I've had as a manager, we may look back at this night and say that was when we turned our season around.

Turning point: Hughes was thrilled with QPR's comeback

Turning point: Hughes was thrilled with QPR's comeback

'People have written us off, but you do that at your peril because I know the quality of player we've got here.'

Captain Joey Barton was booed by his own supporters when he was substituted off in the second half.

And Hughes added: 'At the time Joey wasn't having the best of times and I felt like I needed to make the change.

'But he is a strong character and is a big part of what we are doing here.'