Monday 19 February 2018

"That's life" - Tardelli says as he and Trap part company with Ireland

Marco Tardelli, right, wants the players to stay focused on the Faroe Islands
Trapattoni during the Sweden game last Friday
Trapattoni during a press conference
Giovanni Trapattoni has left his post as Ireland boss 'by mutual consent'
Giovanni Trapattoni has left his Ireland role by mutual consent
Giovanni Trapattoni and the FAI have 'parted ways' following amicable meeting this morning
Trapattoni during squad training
Giovanni Trapattoni became Ireland manager in 2008
Giovanni Trapattoni of Ireland checks his watch during the International friendly between Ireland and Greece at the Aviva Stadium on November 14, 2012
Republic of Ireland soccer team new coach Giovanni Trapattoni, from Italy, watches the players warm up before a friendly match with local team Portimonense in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, May 18 2008.
Republic of Ireland manger Giovanni Trapattoni during the International Friendly at Cardiff in August 2013
Republic of Ireland v Spain - International Friendly...11 June 2013
FAI chief executive John Delaney celebrates with Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni after UEFA EURO 2012 Qualifying Play-off 1st leg
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni poses for photographs on mobile phones with children at the end of squad training
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni and captain Robbie Keane during a press conference ahead of their 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group C game against Austria
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni (left) and his assistant Marco Tardelli prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Trapattoni before the start of the Spain game in New York
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni with members of the Defence Forces Parachute Display team, Captain James Cahill, left, and Captain Rory Esler
Trapattoni alongside England manager Roy Hodgson during the friendly International between England and Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland's ex-manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Picture credit: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile.
Trap's first game in charge in May 2008
Giovanni Trapattoni remonstrates on the sidelines
Giovanni Trapattoni holds the Tricolour after a training session
Giovanni Trapattoni and assistant manager Marco Tardelli during the game against Austria
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni with his assistant Marco Tardelli (right) during a training session at Gannon Park, Malahide. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli

Dion Fanning, Exclusive

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.”

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