Steve Staunton, the former manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team, told the press this week his record speaks for itself.

But that admission drew some scoffs from fans who recall the team was in the doldrums when current manager Giovanni Trapattoni took over in February of 2008.

But Staunton was in no rush to reminisce. Instead he spoke to the Irish Examiner this week about the teams current form and his thoughts about where it might lead.

'They are doing well but they have been a bit unlucky. They have won their last four or five games now. They have been in great form and they have nothing to fear at all now going forward. Nothing at all.'

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Staunton told the press he will soon work with a as yet unnamed Premier League club, with fans speculating that could mean a role for him in either the English north-west or midlands.

But ever the politician, he refused to be drawn.

'It’s football-related,' was all the former Liverpool and Aston Villa defender revealed when quizzed about his future plans.

'It’s Premiership, that’s all you’re getting. I won’t be able to talk to them because they are on pre-season tour so when they come back we will be discussing it and it is more or less done and dusted.'

Steve Staunton