McCarthy impressed with Giovanni Trapattoni as Ireland manager

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has praised the work of Giovanni Trapattoni as Ireland manager following their qualification to Euro 2012.

McCarthy managed the Irish national side to the World Cup in 2002 and was involved in the well-documented bust-up with Roy Keane. Despite that experience, McCarthy has spoken of his interest in managing on an international level again. The Wolves boss has been impressed with the way Trapattoni has stuck to his beliefs despite some opposition in Ireland. Trapattoni’s side face Spain, Ireland and Croatia in their group in Poland and Ukraine.

‘There is a guy that is 72, he’s got a list of things that he has won as long as my arm, but never mind this, he’s just been a fabulous manager. It struck me that throughout it all, he’s kept his calm, kept his cool, kept doing what he thought was right. He picked up a wonderful result in these last few games, against Russia when we were overrun’, McCarthy said.

The former Ireland manager has praised the team spirit Trapattoni has instilled in the Ireland side. McCarthy said: ‘He plays 4-4-2 and he has two sitters that don’t go anywhere. He gets berated for it back home in Ireland, but keeps going and they qualify for the European Championship.’

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