Giovanni Trapattoni's Euro 2012 disappointment has only made him hungrier to get down to the business of qualifying for the World Cup finals in Brazil.
The Republic of Ireland bowed out of the tournament with a 2-0 defeat by Italy this evening, but with a measure of pride restored after producing their best performance in Poland to hold Cesare Prandelli's men 1-0 until the final stages.
They will fly back to Dublin on Tuesday reflecting on a campaign which did not go to plan, but with the 73-year-old Italian already plotting the way ahead.
Trapattoni said: "In my life, I have had many successes and been the manager of great teams.
"I have always had the habit of winning and not losing and when I lose, I don't sleep at night. I think about if I have made mistakes.
"After the Croatia and Spain games, I would like to have immediately played the game again, but I think we played a good game against Italy tonight.
"The willingness is there to come back with fresh energy and a new squad to do better, and I can't wait for the new season to start."
Ireland made a much better fist of it against the Italians, who needed to win to reach the quarter-finals, but were ultimately made to pay for their defending of two Andrea Pirlo corners.
Antonio Cassano headed Italy in front 10 minutes before half-time and seconds after Keith Andrews had been sent off for a second bookable offence, substitute Mario Balotelli made sure with a last-minute volley.
Trapattoni said: "I am proud of our commitment. Italy beat us, but we gave them our honour, our commitment and maybe we deserved a little bit more."
Andrews' dismissal - he had earlier been booked for a foul - came after he was booked for dissent, and he angrily blasted the ball into the crowd as he left the pitch.
Trapattoni said: "I spoke with him. We had already advised the players about this because we knew before the Euros that the referees would be very strict.
"He was a little bit angry, but I can understand this. He thought at this moment that he didn't commit the foul. It will be a lesson for him for the future."
With Ireland's tournament now over, several of Trapattoni's senior players are understood to be considering their international futures, and the manager admitted some discussions had taken place.
He said: "I spoke just now with one or two and we will see again ahead of the next friendly in August.
"Maybe at this moment, they are disappointed and I will speak to them later. I understand their disappointment because we had hoped to do better, but tonight, I have nothing to reproach the players for."
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli will now start to focus on the quarter-finals after seeing his side qualify in second place following Spain's 1-0 win over Croatia in Gdansk.
He said: "I didn't set any targets to start with. I wanted to have a team that would improve game after game and a side that can play football.
"Sides that play football can always go quite far in tournaments. If it's just down to results, perhaps you can get there for a while, but in terms of European Championships, if you want to do well, you have to be a good football side."