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11 Sep 2013 14:31:52

Holland hails departing Trapattoni

Former Republic of Ireland captain Matt Holland has paid tribute to outgoing national team boss Giovanni Trapattoni.

The 74-year-old's five-year tenure ended on Wednesday morning with a mutual decision reached after Ireland's failure to reach the 2014 World Cup.

Holland felt the decision was right, but praised the veteran Italian's work while in the job.

"I think it is (right)," he told talkSPORT.

"We should pay tribute to what he achieved and he has done an excellent job.

"The style of play was what frustrated the Ireland supporters because he is pragmatic and defensive-minded.

"We have better players than the way we performed."

Holland, who won 49 caps for Ireland between 1999 and 2006, added: "Let's not feel sorry for him. He's 74 years of age and has had a great career. Look at his achievements, he's won everything in the game.

"But everything comes to an end."

Holland played primarily under Mick McCarthy while wearing the green shirt, and does not see a reason why the Ipswich manager could not make a return.


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