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