Former Republic of Ireland player Liam Brady has said that Giovanni Trapattoni's tenure as manager "had run its term".
Brady had two years as an assistant to Trapattoni before leaving his post in 2010, and believes the Italian, who he says "was a victim of his own success", will have understood his time was up.
The veteran Italian has left his position by mutual consent after back-to-back losses to Sweden and Austria effectively ended Ireland’s hopes of reaching next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
“He knows that results dictate whether as a manager you stay in a job or not,” Brady said.
“It won’t have come as any surprise to him. His course of management had come to an end, it had run its term.”
Brady believes Trapattoni got the best out of the current Irish generation.
“We didn’t have great players. We had a lot of players coming to the end of their careers,” Brady told Sky Sports News.
“He got the team organised, made them hard to beat, and they got to the European Championships.”
Ireland lost to Spain, Italy and Croatia in last year’s finals.
“He was a victim of his own success,” Brady said. “The expectation was such in Ireland was such that there was disappointment we lost to all three teams.
“Yes, we didn’t perform very well and the team needed rejuventating.
“When you put in new players and young players sometimes your inexperience backfires.
“(Recent) results were disappointing which is why his management term has run its course.”
Brady warned the team’s fortunes could deteriorate before they improve.
“I think the expectation is too high,” he said.
“I don’t think the team is going to get any better in the near future.
“I think the likes of Robbie Keane and Richard Dunne are pretty much near the end and they’re two big players for us.
“For them to be departing the scene, which I don’t think will be too long, it makes the task for the new manager really, really difficult.”