Andy Reid tells us what disappointed him about his treatment under Giovanni Trapattoni

Ex-Ireland midfielder chats about going down the coaching route after his recent retirement

Andy Reid

Andy Reid. Picture by: Mike Egerton / PA Archive/Press Association Images

Andy Reid feels Giovanni Trapattoni could have handled his exclusion from the Ireland setup in an entirely different way.

The now retired midfielder was frozen out for five years from 2008 by the ex-Ireland manager despite many calls for the former Nottingham Forest and Tottenham player to be brought back into the fold in order to restore some guile and invention in the middle of the park.

"I knew I wasn't his type of player and I understood that," he told Off The Ball, before identifying what disappointed him about Trap's approach.

"For me, what a world class manager and what somebody would have done in that situation, would have been to come to me one-on-one and say 'listen, you're not the type of player for me, you're not going to fit into my way of playing, what way can we work this out?'

"And I understand that not all type of managers like all type of players. I totally understand that and I just thought a top, top class manager would have handled it a different way and would have been more of a man about it really than the way that he went about it."

On the guitar-playing sing-song episode that was said to have angered Trapattoni, Reid added: "I know what happened that night and I'm comfortable that I behaved myself in the right manner.

Reid also talked about his late introduction to taking up the guitar.

"I didn't take up guitar until I was 17 or 18. All I wanted to do was football and we had that much time on our hands when I was just getting into the first team so my Mum got me a guitar for my birthday and that's how I got started."

Reid also spoke about his career as a whole and why he was more "comfortable" going to Nottingham Forest as a young player than traditional giants like Manchester United or Arsenal.