Giovanni Trapattoni has high praise for Roy Keane and Ireland fans
Former Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has heaped praise on Roy Keane and the Irish football fans.
The Italian guided the Boys In Green to the 2012 European Championships before stepping down in September 2013 following a succession of poor results.
Keane is enjoying his role as Martin O'Neill's assistant manager and with the 2016 Euros on the horizon, Irish football is in a good place right now and Keane has played an integral role in that, according to Trapattoni.
"Keane is doing well. He has experience and ideas" Trapattoni told Goal.com. "He's putting the things that he learned as a player into practice as a coach.
"He's had a beautiful human and professional experience in Ireland, having the opportunity to work with cutting-edge facilities and the chance to enjoy a great relationship with the people; who are always passionate about the national team and above all else, always respectful towards the work of the coaches."
Trapattoni saw his Ireland team lose three times in Euro 2012 and he believes that the current crop could do well in France.
"Ireland can have a good run at the Euros. With compactness and good tactics, they can think of doing well," added the 76-year-old.
"It's clear that from a technical point of view, there are stronger squads and therefore Ireland will have to fight a lot to try to do well."