Dunphy slams 'Trap' on Coleman treatment

Dunphy slams 'Trap' on Coleman treatment

Dunphy slams 'Trap' on Coleman treatment

Alan Foley

A refusal to play Seamus Coleman in next month's Celtic Nations Cup game against Wales should see Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trappatoni "on his bike" according to RTE's football analyst Eamon Dunphy.

Despite his starring performances in the Premier League for Everton, 22-year-old Coleman has still to make his international debut and in Ireland's last game - a 2-1 friendly loss against Norway in November which would have been perfect for giving the player some experience - was inexplicably left on the substitutes' bench.

The move by the Italian to overlook the Killybegs native was heavily criticised by the sprinkled support at the Aviva Stadium that night, as well as in the national media the following morning. Coleman, for his part, has since performed excellently for his club, so much so he was named their Player of the Month for November.

"Trapattoni should play Coleman and if he doesn't I think it is a sackable offence," Dunphy said yesterday. "If he doesn't play him, and remember he should have in the last match, then it's unbelievable. The hints Trapattoni is dropping, saying he doesn't need a right-back and things like this, suggest that he won't pick Coleman.

"For me, Coleman ticks all the boxes. He can defend and he can attack. Not playing him is illogical and unforgivable in my view. It's a no-brainer. He's just what you need in the team and not to play him would just be beyond belief. It's the moment of truth for Trapattoni. If he doesn't play Coleman or get us the result he needs, then he should be on his bike." See more on page 44.