Allardyce makes Reid plea
Sam Allardyce says Giovanni Trapattoni should come and see for himself the progress of Steven Reid.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 11/11/09 10:43am
Sam Allardyce has called for Giovanni Trapattoni to come and watch Steven Reid in action so the midfielder can prove he can still do a job for the Republic of Ireland.
The 29-year-old made his first appearance for nearly a year earlier in the season after undergoing knee surgery in October 2008.
Rovers boss Allardyce has used the former Millwall man sparingly this term, with Reid featuring in just three Carling Cup games, as he looks to ease him back into action.
Despite Trapattoni calling Reid up to various squads this term without actually featuring, the Italian recently questioned whether the Irishman could play at the highest level ever again.
100 per cent right
The comments angered Allardyce who called them 'drivel' and 'nonsense' and he wants the Republic boss to take a closer look at Reid.
"I was 100 per cent right in what I said," he told the Daily Star. "He should not hold what I said against Steven Reid. It's me that said it, not Steven Reid.
"He needs to come and watch the player because he could be a major asset for him and the country.
"He's a fantastic player and guy. But his main concern now has to be playing for Blackburn rather than Ireland, as quickly as he can."
Reid last played for his country in September 2008 in the 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw against Montenegro.