Giovanni Trapattoni’s assistant Marco Tardelli simply said "that's life" when asked to comment on the news that he and Giovanni Trapattoni were leaving the Ireland setup after five years in charge.
Tardelli described the FAI as “gentlemen” following the decision on Wednesday morning to end the Italian’s time as Ireland manager.
After Ireland’s defeat in Vienna on Tuesday night, which effectively ended Ireland’s hopes of a World Cup play-off place, the FAI announced that, after an amicable meeting, both sides had decided to part company.
“We had nearly six years in the job and it was a great time,” Tardelli said as he returned to his London home on Wednesday.
“That’s life,” he added when talking about their departure following back-to-back defeats which the FAI had described as being by “mutual consent”.
Trapattoni has always said he would like to continue working in football and Tardelli didn’t rule out being part of a management team again if a country approached them before next summer’s World Cup.
He also suggested he would like to manage a team himself but not immediately.
“Right now I’d like a month off,” he said with a smile.
John Delaney had earlier told Newstalk that “there was a lot of emotion” when both parties decided to end their association.
“We spoke to the manager and Marco Tardelli last night. We flew home from Austria and met this morning at half past nine. Very quickly we felt the right thing to do at this juncture was to part company but trust me, there was a lot of emotion and there is a strong friendship there.”
Trapattoni had suggested earlier in the week that his successor would struggle to do a better job than he had but Tardelli refused to be drawn on who the FAI might select as successor.
“I don’t speak about that, they were gentlemen.”