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Stephen Ward agrees with Giovanni Trapattoni's 'family friendly' Euro 2012 plans

Stephen Ward agrees with Giovanni Trapattoni's 'family friendly' Euro 2012 plans

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Irish players will avoid 24-hour lockdown in Poland as the manager has opted to allow contact with partners and families

Stephen Ward has come off the back of a nightmare season with Wolves which finished in relegation from the Premier League but the Dubliner is looking forward to Euro 2012 with Ireland.

The 26-year-old left back is delighted with the plans laid down for the Boys in Green by manager Giovanni Trapattoni, which permit players' wives, partners and families to stay close to the team base in Gdynia.

Ireland's approach is at odds with the 'lockdown' favoured by some coaches but Ward is of the opinion that players need the interaction with their nearest and dearest.

"Some managers don’t want wives or girlfriends staying but I think it’s great," he told the Irish Examiner.

"Football will come first but you can’t lock yourself away for 24 hours a day kicking a ball. Players need to be able to switch off and relax at some point and most would want to spend their afternoons off with their family.

"My mum and dad are going for the whole tournament and my partner, kids and friends are also all coming out for it. They will be staying in a hotel around the corner from where the team is staying. It’s a special moment and they all want to be part of it."

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