THE wife of Ireland football captain Robbie Keane has said the family will miss departing manager Giovanni Trapattoni's "character".
Claudine Keane said Trapattoni "went out of his way" to endear himself to the families of the players, and that they will miss his "Italian charm".
She was speaking at the launch of Childline's Breakfast Together Week, which encourages schools, companies and families to hold a breakfast event to fundraise for Childline.
In 2012, the event raised €225,000 for the service, which turns 25 this year.
"Trapattoni is just a nice man – he remembers your family and their names, which is very endearing," she said. "We will miss his character. But I'm sure the next guy will have a great character too."
Claudine stopped in at the launch before jetting back to Los Angeles, where she has been living with Robbie and their son Robert (4) since the striker signed to LA Galaxy in 2011.
She said they are missing the company of Robbie's former teammate David Beckham and his wife Victoria, who left Los Angeles earlier this year after David retired from football.
"It was very refreshing to meet people who were thrown into the spotlight, and yet so humble," she said.
Speaking about her involvement with Childline, Claudine said that since her son was born she has become more aware of issues relating to children.
"When a child is bullied, it takes away their right to having a childhood, instead of feeling emotions they should not be feeling at such a young age," she said.