Trap isn't too happy with Roy Keane criticism
Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni today reacted angrily to former captain Roy Keane's controversial assessment of the Irish side's disappointing Euro 2012 campaign.
Following last night's 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Spain, Trap faced the assembled press and was quickly asked about his thoughts on Keane's scathing quotes during last night's post-match analysis of the game on ITV.
"Roy was a great player," said Trappatoni. "[But] what did he do after he stopped playing? He should concentrate on getting results as a coach..."
Keane's original remarks came in the wake of an interview with midfielder Keith Andrews, in which the player praised the terrific support provided by Irish fans on the night.
"It's just nonsense players speaking about how great the supporters are. They should be doing a lot better, not praising supporters," said the Corkman.
"I'm not too happy about all that nonsense… I know we are a small country and we're up against it, but let's not just go along for the sing-song."
As for Monday's final Group C clash against Italy, Trap told reporters not to expect too many changes from his starting eleven, once again defending his decision by speaking of loyalty.
"I can begin to look ahead in the match against Italy. But if I change 3, 4, 5 players and Italy wins, what will people say? We managed to qualify for Euro with this team. It would be unfair to remove them now."
The manager also got fiesty when asked whether he thought he was the right man for Ireland's upcoming World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign, telling one journalist that it is for the Irish people to decide, stating: "I do my work and you do your job."
"With this team, and these players, I am proud. Tomorrow, we start for the future." he concluded.