Doyle: No problems in ROI squad
Kevin Doyle has rubbished claims of disharmony within the Republic of Ireland squad, insisting that all the players remain firmly behind manager Giovanni Trapattoni.
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The Republic squad landed in London on Saturday morning amid a fresh storm of controversy.
Barely half an hour after Trapattoni's team had masterminded a dramatic comeback victory over Kazakhstan and the Italian was fighting yet another fire.
Exactly a week after Darron Gibson informed Trapattoni he would not be joining up with the squad due to his lingering disappointment at spending the European Championship on the bench, Sunderland winger James McClean took to Twitter to air a similar grievance.
After watching the Republic struggle to a 2-1 win as a substitute, the Sunderland winger wrote on Twitter: "delighted as a fan we got the win. Personal level #fuming #f*****joke #embarrassing"
The Gibson and McClean episodes have raised fresh doubts about Trapattoni's man-management skills.
Earlier this summer Kevin Foley refused a call-up to the squad for the Serbia friendly and vowed never to play for Trapattoni again after being overlooked for Euro 2012.
Doyle, however, insists everyone in the party is fully behind their manager.
"Everyone respects the manager and there is no other scenario," Doyle said after scoring last night's winner in the 89th minute.
"The atmosphere is the same here as it has been in any Republic squad I've been involved in.
"Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but as far as I can see everyone is right behind the manager and hopefully that win will help ease the pressure on us."
Trapattoni will speak to McClean this morning about his outburst before deciding whether to kick the 23-year-old out of his squad for Tuesday's friendly against Oman at Craven Cottage.
Trapattoni is expected to make many changes to his side, with the likes of Stephen Kelly, David Meyler and Andy Keogh set to be given a chance to stake a claim for a place in the team to face Germany in the country's next qualifier.
Doyle admits the team must improve on their performance from last night if they are to beat the Group C favourites at the Aviva Stadium on October 12.
The Wolves striker said: "Obviously that will be a big step up in terms of the opposition so we will have to improve a lot. It will be a totally different game."