Caretaker Ireland Under-21 boss McCue hits out at Trapattoni

Noel King's assistant manager Harry McCue has criticised former Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni for his lack of 'interaction' with the U21 set-up
Caretaker Republic of Ireland Under-21 manager Harry McCue has revealed that Giovanni Trapattoni did not have "much interaction" with Irish youth teams during his five-year tenure.

McCue, who acts as Noel King's assistant in the Ireland U21 set-up, is temporarily managing the team for the forthcoming Uefa U21 Championships qualification games against Romania on October 11 and 15, while King takes the reins of the senior team.

Speaking after announcing his squad for the fixtures, McCue said that, despite receiving tapes of games, Trapattoni did not make any attempts to watch the youth teams in action and believes that the new manager must make a greater effort regarding the youth structures.

"It was disappointing that Trapattoni didn't come to see the teams playing," McCue told reporters. "He got the tapes of our matches, but I didn't have much interaction with him.

"The new senior manager, in my view, will need a tighter and more forceful link with the younger teams.

"I'm not saying that he has to be at the emerging talent programme every Monday night, but he should at least attend a seminar."

Meanwhile, Ireland U21 captain Shane Duffy has admitted that he is eager to get more games under his belt after joining Championship side Yeovil Town on loan.

The 21-year-old was immediately put into the first XI against Bolton a day after joining the club before making his home debut at Huish Park in the 2-1 loss to Leicester City.

"I had a few clubs sniffing so I didn't really know where I was going," Duffy told the Evening Herald. "I met with the lads on Friday and played on the Saturday.

"There are some great lads here and some great footballers. It's a good club and I'm looking forward to playing more."

Ireland U21s take on Romania in Piatra Neamt on October 11 before welcoming them to Sligo on October 15.