McCarthy backing Trapattoni

Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy has backed under-fire boss Giovanni Trapattoni to turn the nation's footballing fortunes around.

Last Updated: 11/11/12 at 22:28 Post Comment

James McCarthy: Republic of Ireland midfielder backing under-fire boss Giovanni

James McCarthy: Republic of Ireland midfielder backing under-fire boss Giovanni

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Trapattoni's team have been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after their last appearance at Dublin's Aviva Stadium ended in a humiliating 6-1 defeat to Germany.

The Republic take on Greece on Wednesday night knowing nothing less than victory will appease the large section of the Irish public that have been calling for Trapattoni to be sacked since their winless Euro 2012 campaign.

However, McCarthy - who missed the tournament after his father was diagnosed with cancer - believes the Italian will prove his critics wrong.

"I think he's the right man," he said. "He has achieved so much for Ireland. The result against Germany wasn't acceptable, but I think he will kick us on again.

"He got us all up for the Faroe Islands game (a 4-1 win) and hopefully we can get back to back wins now.

McCarthy also defended Trapattoni's perceived reluctance to blood young players in his team, adding: "He will blend the kids in gradually. He won't just throw everyone in. He can't. That's not the right thing to do.

"His communication is fine. We all understand what we need to do and what we have to."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter announces he will resign as FIFA president

Sepp Blatter has announced he is to resign as president of FIFA and an election will be held to decide his successor.

Greg Dyke welcomes Sepp Blatter's decision to resign as FIFA president

FA chairman Greg Dyke has called Sepp Blatter's announcement he is to resign as FIFA president "a brilliant day for football".

England squad for European U21 Championship named by Gareth Southgate

England U21 head coach Gareth Southgate has revealed his final 23-man squad for the forthcoming European Championship.

Mail Box

Liverpool 2015 Feels Like Liverpool 2011...

One Mailer says Benteke = Carroll, Bellamy = Milner and Clyne = Downing. Plus we have U21 Euro impatience, farewell Rio, Rafa Benitez, Milner, FIFA and title play-offs...

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company