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Stephen Kelly persuaded to board Faroes flight after management bust-up - reports

The Fulham defender was ultimately persuaded to leave for Vagar ahead of tomorrow night’s game.

Stephen Kelly.
Stephen Kelly.
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THE PROBLEMS KEEP coming for Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

The Italian saw his side hammered 6-1 against Germany on Friday night. And as he prepares for the must-win clash against minnows the Faroe Islands tomorrow night, he’s now facing a ‘player revolt’.

Stephen Kelly had a training ground row with Trap’s assistant Marco Tardelli and the Fulham defender had to be persuaded to board the flight to Vagar later on yesterday afternoon, according to the Irish Daily Mail.

Kelly has been consistently ignored by the management team and has recently talked about his Euro 2012 experience, in which he saw no game time.

Toronto FC player Darren O’Dea was preferred to Kelly on Friday night, as he partnered John O’Shea in the record-breaking defeat. Yesterday, skipper Robbie Keane was declared fit to start tomorrow while Andy Keogh has been ruled out.

How do you think tomorrow’s game will go?

Opinion: It’s Trap, and not the players, who is to blame for Ireland’s problems

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