Georgia boss Temuri Ketsbaia is desperate to be remembered for something other than one of the most bizarre goal celebrations football has ever seen.
The 45-year-old hit the headlines in 1998 when he came off the bench to fire Newcastle United to a last-gasp Premier League victory over Bolton Wanderers, and then tore off his shirt and starting kicking the advertising hoardings at
Fifteen years on, he has established himself as a respected coach and will lead Georgia into friendly battle with
However, as he conducted his pre-match press conference at the
Ketsbaia said with a smile: "Don't ask me about it. I did much better things in
"Sometimes when you score a goal and there is some disappointment and you express yourself in the wrong way. It was a bad moment for me.
"Even when you score a goal, even at that moment, sometimes bad things can happen - not bad things, I just lost my control.
"I wasn't to forget that, but nobody let's me forget it! Every time I come to
"As I said, I did for the club much better things than only this one."
Ketsbaia recalls his time in
One of his closest is former Magpies and
Ketsbaia said: "I had a fantastic time. My time in British football was my best time as a football player.
"The atmosphere, the pitches, everything is at a high level - that's the reason that everybody wants to go and play in
"It was for me the best time. Also, I have good friends, starting with
"I have many good things to remember, not only kicking the boards."
The Republic's encounter with Georgia is a repeat of Trapattoni's first competitive game in charge, when the sides met in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier in
However, that match was controversially played on neutral territory in Mainz,
But while that decision still rankles with many Georgians -
He said: "I don't want to say that it is still going on. What happened happened and now we can't change anything.
"Unfortunately at that time in
"But we are here now and we want to try to play and enjoy ourselves. What has happened has happened, I don't want to bring it up today. It was five years ago.
"We would have preferred to play in
The game represents a contest between two men at opposite ends of their managerial careers, but the younger has immense respect for his opponent.
Ketsbaia said: "It's a fantastic opportunity for me. I know Trapattoni from a long time ago.
"The first time when I went abroad from Georgia, the first European game I played, I played against Juventus and Trapattoni was the manager of Juventus.
"He has a great history. He has won everything possible to win in world football. It's always nice to be involved in these kind of games with these kind of people who have done so much to develop world football."