McCarthy 'gutted' over Trap exit
Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy has spoken of his sadness and surprise at the departure of manager Giovanni Trapattoni.
The veteran Italian has left his position 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.
McCarthy, who has earned 18 caps since being brought into the national side by Trapattoni in 2010, believes his team-mates will share his disappointment.
The 22-year-old said: "I'm gutted to be honest. He was a good manager and I enjoyed working under him.
"It is a blow to all the players. It has just happened - I didn't expect it to happen.
"If you look at his record, how well he has done for Ireland, he has got us to the Euros and he fell short, just, of France in a (World Cup 2010) qualifier.
"We were in contention to qualify for the (2014) World Cup but unfortunately we slipped up on Friday and last night we conceded a late, late goal.
"It is one of those things. The FAI has had a meeting today and seen the time for him to go. It is disappointing, the players enjoyed working under him."
The start of McCarthy's international career was overshadowed by rumours he could switch his allegiance to Scotland, the country of his birth.
After making his first appearance in a friendly against Brazil in March 2010, it was not until he played a competitive fixture the following year that the speculation ended.
McCarthy feels he owes much to Trapattoni for bringing him into the fold.
He said: "It took me a while to get into the team but thankfully I got in and he stuck by me. He gave me my chance. He has been good for me."
McCarthy was speaking as he was officially unveiled as an Everton player at a press conference on Merseyside.
The former Hamilton midfielder joined the Toffees in a £14million deadline-day move from Wigan last week - a transfer that may not have happened without Trapattoni's co-operation.
With the transfer deadline approaching last Monday, Trapattoni gave McCarthy permission to report for international duty a day late last week.
McCarthy said: "I spoke to him last week and he said, 'No bother, just report on Tuesday morning. Hopefully everything goes well for you'.
"I'm thankful that he allowed that to happen. A lot of managers would have said, 'We want you in and fly over.'
"But with the time, at such short notice, it (the move) may not have happened - so a big thank you to him."
Liam Brady had two years as an assistant to Trapattoni before leaving his post in 2010, and believes the Italian will have understood his time was up.
"He knows that results dictate whether as a manager you stay in a job or not," Brady said.
"It won't have come as any surprise to him. His course of management had come to an end, it had run its term."
Brady believes Trapattoni got the best out of the current Irish generation.
"We didn't have great players. We had a lot of players coming to the end of their careers," Brady told Sky Sports News.
"He got the team organised, made them hard to beat, and they got to the European Championships."
Ireland lost to Spain, Italy and Croatia in last year's finals.
"He was a victim of his own success," Brady said. "The expectation in Ireland was such that there was disappointment we lost to all three teams.
"Yes, we didn't perform very well and the team needed rejuvenating. When you put in new players and young players sometimes your inexperience backfires.
"(Recent) results were disappointing which is why his management term has run its course."
Brady warned the team's fortunes could deteriorate before they improve.
"I think the expectation is too high," he said. "I don't think the team is going to get any better in the near future.
"I think the likes of Robbie Keane and Richard Dunne are pretty much near the end and they're two big players for us.
"For them to be departing the scene, which I don't think will be too long, it makes the task for the new manager really, really difficult."
Steve Staunton, who won 102 caps for the Republic and managed the team on their failed mission to qualify for Euro 2008 before losing his job, had also seen Trapattoni's exit coming.
"I'm not really that surprised after the two results we had because we all knew this month was crucial for qualification," Staunton said on Sky Sports News.
"We were never going to qualify automatically, but I think everybody had hope and vision that we would come second and get a play-off, and it's a bit of a lottery then, but that's not going to be the case."
Former Republic striker Niall Quinn, another veteran of the golden age of the national team, suspects the job may not appeal to some candidates when they analyse the strength of the current squad.
Quinn identified veterans Shay Given, Dunne, John O'Shea, Damien Duff and Keane as recent totems of the Republic team, but can see few coming through to match up to them.
"Anybody who feels there is a magician that is going to come in and turn us into a great team overnight, I think they're sadly mistaken," Quinn said.