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'Another manager would have said take your bag and go home' - Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni on James McClean
The Italian coach admits that patience is a virtue when it comes to dealing with younger players after James McClean issued an apology to the Irish team
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The Sunderland winger took to social media to voice his frustration at not being played in the narrow 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan before issuing an apology and Trapattoni stressed that accommodations must be made for the folly of youth.
"Another manager, English or German, would have said take your bag and go home," Trapattoni told reporters at yesterday's training session. "I might need him in the game to score a goal and if he goes home, he can't score a goal. But he must have respect for the others."
He continued: "It's the same for Darron Gibson. They must understand to have respect for the other. His team-mates spoke to him (McClean) and I know what was said."
The Italian tactician revealed that he must have patience with younger players and that he could see that McClean was genuinely sorry about his social media rant.
He said: "He was mortified. If he could have, he would have eaten his words. I said to everyone, 'This is not respect for the manager, this is respect for all. Your colleagues are the players.'"
"He was very, very apologetic. With the young, we need to have patience. They say what they think in the moment," added Trapattoni.
A total of six players withdrew from the Ireland squad ahead of Tuesday's friendly with Oman, with Keiren Westwood, John O'Shea, Darren O'Dea, Robbie Keane, Glenn Whelan and Jonathan Walters returning to their clubs.
Sean St Ledger suffered a knock to his knee and departed Sunday's session early. Aiden McGeady did not train with the rest of the panel with an FAI representative confirming that the Spartak Moscow winger was dealing with a 'family matter'. However, McGeady will report for duty as normal on Monday.
Trapattoni has taken the opportunity to include Reading defender Alex Pearce and Manchester United winger Robbie Brady in his squad and hinted that he would play them in the game. He also confirmed that Kevin Doyle is likely to captain the side.
"We need to understand their attitude," said Trapattoni. "We have another opportunity with the new players, they have a chance. They see us and show us why they deserve to be here.
"Robbie [Brady] is very technical and creative. He is very quick and he sees the ball well. I think he can be a very important player for us.
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