Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon has hit out at US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann over his handling of Tim Ream’s call-up this week.
Ream was called in on short notice as an injury replacement for Tuesday’s match against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, having initially failed to make the 25-man squad which faced Colombia at Craven Cottage last Friday.
The defender played just three minutes of the 4-1 defeat at the Aviva Stadium, however, missing two days of preparation for Saturday’s clash with Blackpool as a result, and Lennon is now demanding an explanation from Klinsmann and the US camp.
“I am not happy at all,” he told The Bolton News. “Thankfully he’s back and fine now – it must have been a really exhausting minute of football with the team 4-1 down.”
Four US players were released from the squad following the 2-1 loss to Colombia, with no replacements called in at the time, and Lennon can’t understand why Klinsmann didn’t take that opportunity to bring Ream in.
“I want an explanation. They had two games [the US had played against Colombia at Fulham’s Craven Cottage last Friday] and they should have called him in after that initial game,” he continued.
“And yet they call him in on the night before the game so he has to get flight on Tuesday morning to Dublin and then play one minute of an international.
“People wonder why footballers don't want to play for their country any more? I am not saying that is the case with Tim. But when you see them being treated like that it makes me very angry.
“There is a complete lack of respect for the player and a lack of respect for our club. I am still waiting on an explanation from someone. I have contacted the American FA and made my feelings pretty clear.”