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August 26, 2020
The Republic of Ireland never beat a team ranked above them during Giovanni Trapattoni’s five-year reign. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images

Hans-Dieter Flick stated that his work under Trapattoni, one of the world’s most renowned managers, taught him many things, especially on tactics and in developing relations with players, but also said that he disagreed with Trapattoni’s defence-first approach.

He was named the assistant coach for Germany on August 23, 2006.

Trapattoni sometimes talked big, but his tactics and selections betrayed how little he thought of Ireland. He saw the shambles that he inherited from Steve Staunton in 2008 and, in fairness, introduced a basic structural soundness, but he never saw beyond that, refused to contemplate a scenario in which Ireland could play not only with grit but also with a hint of wit.Paul Doyle


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