Giovanni Trapattoni will take the lessons of a dismal campaign into the quest for World Cup qualification.
Far from considering his own position after seeing his Republic of Ireland side fail to collect a single point from their three Group C games, the 73-year-old Italian is already plotting a route to Brazil in two years' time.
Trapattoni and his players flew back to Dublin last night as the post-mortem got into full swing, but before leaving Poznan, the scene of Monday's 2-0 defeat by his native Italy, the veteran manager remained defiant.
He said: "When you cry always about what happened, I think you grow. In your life, you are a student and you have a responsibility to grow.
"I don't cry about what happened. I have the will for revenge immediately and I know we have these players and we have the possibility to show we are not the team that finished last in the Euros.
"Obviously, we have a tough (World Cup qualifying) group – Sweden, Germany, Austria, who are all at the top of the rankings.
"But Spain were top, Italy were third, then there's Russia, Holland, Denmark, Poland ...
"I am proud to achieve this qualification with this team, with our country. I am not just interested because I am paid for this job. We are proud to be here. Two years ago, maybe without France, we would have also been at the World Cup.
"We started a new job with these two campaigns and we have achieved 50 per cent of our aim by qualifying for the Euros."
Meanwhile, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli plans to ask Mario Balotelli if his angry outburst after scoring the clincher against the Irish was directed at him.
Prandelli left the 21-year-old out for the first time here, but the temperamental Manchester City forward came off the bench and scored his first goal in the tournament. Rather than celebrate, however, he looked in the direction of the Italian dug-out and shouted a few words before team-mate Leonardo Bonucci put his hand over the striker's mouth.
"I don't know if Balotelli was upset with me, I will ask him," Prandelli said. "But from Bonucci's gesture you can see the team spirit in the group.
"Why didn't he (Balotelli) celebrate the goal? Perhaps he is not able to express the joy he feels inside. He is like that, he has always been like that, but that doesn't mean he is detached from the group."