Sam Allardyce has called for Giovanni Trapattoni to make a public apology to Steven Reid for remarks he made about the Blackburn midfielder.
The Republic of Ireland manager has expressed doubts about whether Reid will ever fully recover from the knee injury that has limited his playing time recently.
“The sad thing for me from the international scene is the very disappointing comments from Giovanni Trapattoni about Steven Reid,” Allardyce said on Sky Sports News.
“I think it is disgraceful that a manager from an international side comes out with such drivel and such nonsense.
“I think he should make a public apology to Steven and this football club for trying to undermine one of our contracted players who has had some really hard times recently trying to overcome this injury.”
Reid stressed earlier this week that he had not fallen out with Trapattoni and still hoped to play again for the Republic side.
“To actually wake up and see that written in the paper from the manager of his country is particularly disappointing and I think he was completely out of order,” continued Allardyce.
“He was totally wrong with his statements, that is not the case with Steven, and it is very damaging for a young man who is trying his best to start playing again, secure a new contract and force his way back in the Republic of Ireland side.
“I find it totally amazing he came out with what he did.”