Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has heaped praise on Giovanni Trapattoni for the work he has done for Irish football.
The Italian has left his role as ROI manager by mutual consent after five years at the helm which saw him lead the team to the Euro2012 finals.
Trapattoni’s demise comes after Ireland’s 2014 World Cup hopes were ended with losses to Sweden and Austria on Friday and Tuesday but LA Galaxy star Keane was full of positivity for the 74-year old mentor.
"I want to acknowledge the tremendous job that Giovanni Trapattoni did for the past five years for the Republic of Ireland national team,” said Keane.
"In my view he has been a credit to the country and has carried himself with dignity as befitting a man who has given so much to world football.
"It is always sad to see people go but we are all aware it is a part of professional sport. I personally want to thank him for what he has done and wish him well."