Former Ireland international man Shay Given felt the time had come for Irish manager Giovanni Trapattoni to step down as Irish manager.
However, unlike many of the Italian’s critics, the Lifford man, who played under Trapattoni, was not dancing on his former manager’s grave. “He got us to Paris and that South Africian World Cup play-off which we lost to that famous handball by Henry and we qualified for European championships,” Given told Highland Radio.
“Overall I think he has done a half decent job. But he will know that it is a results driven business and after failing to qualify for the next World Cup, he will know that the time has come to move on,” Given added before news of Trapatoni’s decision to step down broke. The Italian departed the job by mutual consent following a meeting with FAI executives yesterday morning.
Meanwhile, Finn Harps face Drogheda United at Finn Park on Friday nightin the quarter-final of the Ford FAI Cup. Harps have fitness worries ahead of the game about club captain Kevin McHugh and full-back James Doherty. See Page 70 for full preview