Former Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has insisted that he did a “good job” and revealed that the country’s football fortunes are being held back by the lack of a domestic league
In an interview with Tuttosport, Trapattoni said that he was pleased with the job that he did for Ireland for five years.
“I left Ireland without controversy. We had important results together and had some satisfying moments.
"It’s true we were unable to achieve qualification to the World Cup, but at the end of the day we said goodbye like civilised people.
“I got to know an exceptional country, humble and also proud.
"In a nation that doesn’t have its own football league, I think I did a good job."
Trapattoni parted company with the FAI after defeats to Sweden and Austria in the World Cup qualification last month. However, the 74-year-old said that he would be returning to club management in the future.
“You will see me back on the field soon."