Keane: Trap 'a credit to the country'

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has said that Giovanni Trapattoni is "a credit to the country".

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has said that Giovanni Trapattoni is "a credit to the country".

It follows the Italian's departure from the Republic of Ireland job "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.

Chief executive John Delaney has confirmed that the board of the Association will meet shortly to begin the process of finding a replacement after parting company with Trapattoni and his management team this morning.

Stephen Hunt, Shane Long, Jeff Hendrick and Darren O'Dea are among the players that have expressed their thanks to Trap for his time in charge.

Their captain added to the thanks.

Keane said: "I want to acknowledge the tremendous job that Giovanni Trapattoni did for the past five years for the Republic of Ireland national team."

"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."

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