The great Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh in action in 2007. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

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Cesare Maldini during his team as manager of Italy. Photograph: Lutz Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images

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From the moment Trap was appointed to the Irish job, Italian media have followed his every move closely. Thus, the news that he and the FAI had parted ways in the wake of the losses to Sweden and Austria came as no surprise. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

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