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Big Sam rounds on Trapattoni!

Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has spoken out today due to comments made by Republic Of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni about Steven Reids' international future.

Comments were made earlier this week by the ROI head honco about Steven Reid's injury status and how he felt the Rovers midfielder would never recover - despite the fact Reidy is only weeks away from a full return!

Naturally this has not sat well with 'shrinking violet' Allardyce who has stuck the knife in.

Big Sam, speaking to BBC Radio Lancashire said - 'It's completely out of order,'

'What he [Trapattoni] is talking about is completely untrue and it's something he should apologise for.'

Reid admitted he was disappointed by Trapattoni's presumption and wants the matter sorted.

Reid also spoke to BBC radio Lancashire - 'I feel there's a few issues which need to be put right,'

'I missed the last couple of squads with tendonitis in the Achilles and a small hamstring injury, but my knee has been good for the last couple of months.

'I've played a few games behind closed doors as well as the two Carling Cup games and the knee came through fine.

'I've said before how much I've enjoyed playing under Mr Trapattoni and the three games I played under him were probably my best.

'He showed a lot of confidence in me in centre midfield and I felt that I really started to make that position my own.'

Reidy was out injured for the whole of 2008/09 and has been written off by many fans as a waste of time due to his constant niggles and pulls.

But, after returning to action in the early weeks of this season, he is hopeful of getting regular football again for club and country in the near future.

Sam had the final word as he continued - 'Steven's had a long haul, Dr Richard Steadman is trying to resurrect his career to secure a new contract for Steven.

'He wants to go and play for his country as he's done many times and he's given his all every time he's been there.

'There's not a more honest player you could meet than Steven, and to be dealt that sort of blow at this time he's very disappointed, to say the least.'

Big, big call by Sam to strike out here as this could damage relations with Steven Reid and Keith Andrews international boss!

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 23 2009

Time: 3:37PM

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This could spark a few moments of outrage as Trap is a respected figure but was Trap wrong by proclaiming Reidys' career as a non starter?
Mikey Delap
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23/10/2009 15:45:00

I was surprised to read what he Trap had said but I hope something was just lost in translation. Personally I'd love to see Reid back in the Ireland team as we would be so much stronger with him.
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23/10/2009 17:16:00

from what i understand, Irelands weakness is in midfield? as a manager, you wouldn't want to alienate a player who, when fit, is first choice...
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24/10/2009 04:32:00

Yeah retro we are terrible in midfield but Trap has left Andy Reid out in the cold even though he should be first choice so I dont think he cares all that much which is what worries me now we have France in the play offs.
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24/10/2009 12:27:00

Both mangers need to keep their mouths shut and concentrate on the important things like football especially big sam
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25/10/2009 15:20:00


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