Ian Harte labels Giovanni Trapattoni 'a clown' in Twitter rant

The former Republic of Ireland international has called the current national boss a clown on the social media site after being repeatedly overlooked for Irish squads
Reading full-back Ian Harte has branded Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni a "clown" in an unprovoked Twitter message.

Harte has not played for the Boys in Green since 2007, having made 63 appearances under Trapattoni's predecessors. In 2011, after a good run of form which helped Reading gain promotion to the Premier League, Harte claimed that the Ireland management team didn't know that he was eligible.

"I was speaking to a player recently and he said he spoke to the manager and the assistant manager and they said they didn't even know that I was Irish, so obviously they haven't done their homework," Harte told the Irish Independent two years ago, before criticising Trapattoni for choosing English-born players such as Simon Cox.

At the time, Giovanni Trapattoni responded to Harte's outburst, telling reporters "Harte? We know Harte. [Stephen] Ward for me now is better. He can improve. Harte is 33."

However, in a repeat of his original tirade, Harte posted the following on his official Twitter account on Tuesday morning: "To all the people asking if I have retired from international football.no I haven't trap didn't even know I was Irish #whataclown"