Robbie Keane praises "tremendous" Giovanni Trapattoni

Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane pays tribute to Giovanni Trapattoni following the Italian's departure as manager of the national team.

Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane has praised Giovanni Trapattoni following the Italian's departure as manager of the national team.

The 74-year-old, who took charge of the side in 2008, left his post by mutual consent on Wednesday morning.

Keane said in a statement: "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."

Trapattoni has expressed his desire to stay in football management.

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Republic of Ireland's Manager Giovanni Trapattoni before the start of the match with Georgia during a International friendly match between the Republic of Ireland and Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on June 2, 2013
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