Giovanni Trapattoni exit unexpected - James McCarthy

New Everton signing James McCarthy says the departure of Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is "a blow" to the nation's players.

Trapattoni left by mutual consent following Tuesday's defeat by Austria in a World Cup qualifier.

McCarthy, who opted to play for the Republic of Ireland after being overlooked by Scotland, became the most expensive Scottish-born player when he was sold by Wigan for more than £13m - a price tag he said he hopes he can live up to.