IN THE wake of Andy Reid’s recent admission that he has lost nine kilos through a personal fitness regime, Giovanni Trapattoni has insisted that the Sunderland player’s weight was never an issue in his non-selection for Ireland.
“No, it’s not about being fat or skinny,” said the manager speaking in Limerick yesterday. “It’s another situation. It’s the position he could play in the team. Football is like an orchestra – violin, bass, counter bass. That is football.”
Given that Trapattoni yesterday also talked about footballers as tenors, sopranos and baritones, the musical analogy promoted one journalist to quip: “So Andy Reid is no Luciano Pavarotti then?”
Ignoring the laughter, Trapattoni went on: “It is a serious question. Why is it that sometimes he doesn’t also play for his club? Because he’s fat? No.
“We see him play but we didn’t have him in Portugal (for last year’s training camp) because he was injured.
“I’ve nothing against Reid or (Stephen) Ireland. It’s nothing personal, he just doesn’t fit in the team.
“I have had 200 players in my life. I have never taken against any of them.”
Trapattoni also revealed yesterday that, having watched Bohemians beat Galway United 5-0 at Dalymount Park recently, he considered two of the League of Ireland champions’ players “good enough” to be called into the senior squad at an appropriate time.
The manager declined to name the two but it is understood he was referring to Conor Powell and Ken Oman.
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