Friday 17 November 2017

Trap was a "credit to the country" - Robbie Keane

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Irish footballer Robbie Keane has thanked Giovanni Trappatoni for his work as Ireland manager over the last five years.

Keane, 33, issued a statement this afternoon in reaction to the news that the Italian manager would be leaving on amicable grounds with the FAI.

I want to acknowledge the tremendous job that Giovanni Trapattoni did for the past five years for the Republic of Ireland national team," he began.

"In my view he has been a credit to the country and has carried himself with dignity as befitting a man who has given so much to world football.

"It is always sad to see people go but we are all aware it is a part of professional sport.

"I personally want to thank him for what he has done and wish him well."

Giovanni Trapattoni holds the Tricolour after a training session. Trapattoni revealed at the news conference earlier that the FAI had offered him a two year contract as the Republic of Ireland manager
Giovanni Trapattoni holds the Tricolour after a training session. Trapattoni revealed at the news conference earlier that the FAI had offered him a two year contract as the Republic of Ireland manager
Trap's first game in charge in May 2008
Giovanni Trappatoni celebrating his 70 birthday.
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.
Giovanni Trappatoni Meets President Michael D Higgins
Republic of Ireland manger Giovanni Trapattoni during the International Friendly at Cardiff in August 2013
Giovanni Trapattoni of Ireland checks his watch during the International friendly between Ireland and Greece at the Aviva Stadium on November 14, 2012
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 v Spain - International Friendly...11 June 2013
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 during a press conference
Trapattoni during the Sweden game last Friday
Trapattoni during squad training
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni poses for photographs on mobile phones with children at the end of squad training
Giovanni Trapattoni holds an Irish scarf in his office after a press conference at the Red Bull Salzburg training grounds
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni with members of the Defence Forces Parachute Display team, Captain James Cahill, left, and Captain Rory Esler
Trapattoni before the start of the Spain game in New York
Trapattoni alongside England manager Roy Hodgson during the friendly International between England and Republic of Ireland
Trapattoni speaking to the media
Giovanni Trapattoni Celebrates his 74th birthday in March this year
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni along with the Republic of Ireland bench and supporters, look on at the end of the first half in Euro 2012
Giovanni Trapattoni last year

Trappatoni has said that he would like to continue working in football, but has not expressed in which capacity or with which country.

Earlier today, Keane spoke fondly of his former manager, whom he has worked with for more than five years.

"I've seen over the years, people come and go, you have to move with the times. It's nothing to do with the players, we'll see what decision the [FAI] heirarchy make, and see where the future lies for Ireland we have to take a step back and look at ourselves," he told RTE.

"We're a small nation, and I think people get carried away sometimes and expect us to qualify all the time," he added.

"Unfortunately it wasn't the case this time."

 

 

 

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