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Giovanni Trapattoni leaves Ireland post

Italian manager parts company with the FAI ‘by mutual consent’ following successive qualifier defeats

Published 11/09/2013 | 11:32

Giovanni Trapattoni has left his post as Ireland boss 'by mutual consent'
Trap's first game in charge in May 2008
Republic of Ireland soccer team new coach Giovanni Trapattoni, from Italy, watches the players warm up before a friendly match with local team Portimonense in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, May 18 2008.
Giovanni Trappatoni celebrating his 70 birthday.
Giovanni Trapattoni of Ireland checks his watch during the International friendly between Ireland and Greece at the Aviva Stadium on November 14, 2012
Giovanni Trapattoni holds the Tricolour after a training session
Giovanni Trapattoni and the FAI have 'parted ways' following amicable meeting this morning
Giovanni Trapattoni and assistant manager Marco Tardelli during the game against Austria
Giovanni Trapattoni greets FAI chief John Delaney during squad training ahead of their 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group C game against Sweden
Giovanni Trapattoni remonstrates on the sidelines

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI has left the Ireland job “by mutual consent”.

The Italian manager had come under increasing pressure after defeats by Sweden and Austria in recent days left Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup next year in tatters.

The two defeats followed a dismal showing in the group stages of the European Championships last summer.

In a statement, the Football Association of Ireland confirmed that Trapattoni and his assistant Marco Tardelli have left their posts “following an amicable meeting this morning”,

The Italian said: “I want to thank everyone in Ireland who has given us their support during our time here which has always meant a lot to us

“We leave this country with emotion because we understand the Irish supporters who have a well-deserved international reputation and they have our utmost respect. I would like to thank  John Delaney, Paddy Mc Caul, Michael Cody and the FAI Board for their support and friendship over the last five and a half years.

“I would also want to thank all FAI staff members, including the backroom team and the players who have been great to work with during the last three campaigns. I wish them well in the future and hope that the job we have done leaves everything in a good place for my successor to take over.

Making the announcement, FAI Chief Executive John Delaney said: “We thank Giovanni Trapattoni, Marco Tardelli and Franco Rossi for the last five and a half years during which we qualified for our first major tournament in ten years and were close to qualification for 2010 World Cup in South Africa after the play-off in France.

“This particular World Cup campaign has been disappointing but Giovanni leaves us with a group of good young players which should form the basis of the squad that the new manager will use for the European Championships in France 2016 when 24 teams qualify.”

The Board of the FAI will meet in due course to discuss the process in relation to the appointment of a new manager, the FAI added.

Giovanni Trapattoni holds the Tricolour after a training session. Trapattoni revealed at the news conference earlier that the FAI had offered him a two year contract as the Republic of Ireland manager
Giovanni Trapattoni holds the Tricolour after a training session. Trapattoni revealed at the news conference earlier that the FAI had offered him a two year contract as the Republic of Ireland manager
Trap's first game in charge in May 2008
Giovanni Trappatoni celebrating his 70 birthday.
Republic of Ireland soccer team new coach Giovanni Trapattoni, from Italy, watches the players warm up before a friendly match with local team Portimonense in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, May 18 2008.
Giovanni Trappatoni Meets President Michael D Higgins
Republic of Ireland manger Giovanni Trapattoni during the International Friendly at Cardiff in August 2013
Giovanni Trapattoni of Ireland checks his watch during the International friendly between Ireland and Greece at the Aviva Stadium on November 14, 2012
FAI chief executive John Delaney celebrates with Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni after UEFA EURO 2012 Qualifying Play-off 1st leg
Republic of Ireland v Spain - International Friendly...11 June 2013
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni and captain Robbie Keane during a press conference ahead of their 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group C game against Austria
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni (left) and his assistant Marco Tardelli prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Trapattoni during a press conference
Trapattoni during the Sweden game last Friday
Trapattoni during squad training
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni poses for photographs on mobile phones with children at the end of squad training
Giovanni Trapattoni holds an Irish scarf in his office after a press conference at the Red Bull Salzburg training grounds
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni with members of the Defence Forces Parachute Display team, Captain James Cahill, left, and Captain Rory Esler
Trapattoni before the start of the Spain game in New York
Trapattoni alongside England manager Roy Hodgson during the friendly International between England and Republic of Ireland
Trapattoni speaking to the media
Giovanni Trapattoni Celebrates his 74th birthday in March this year
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni along with the Republic of Ireland bench and supporters, look on at the end of the first half in Euro 2012
Giovanni Trapattoni last year

Trapattoni was appointed Ireland manager in February 2008 as the FAI, with the financial assistance of businessman Denis O'Brien, made a bold move in an attempt to revive the nation's footballing fortunes.

The vastly-experienced manager, who had won league titles in four different countries, was recruited at huge expense - his first contract was worth around two million Euros a year - and charged with the task of making the Republic competitive once again.

Initially, he did just that, steering them into the play-offs for the 2010 World Cup finals only for France to progress with the help of Thierry Henry's infamous handball.

Trapattoni went one better two years later when Ireland booked their place in the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine after defeating Estonia in another play-off.

But while the opening four years of his reign might have been largely successful in terms of results, his critics grew increasingly weary of his slavish devotion to a system which relied heavily on organisation and control rather than flair, and when that began to fail, the knives were out.

The manager very nearly lost his job in October last year after his side was routed 6-1 by Germany at the Aviva Stadium hot on the heels of a pointless campaign at the Euros.

Having only just survived, he set about the task of blooding a new generation of internationals in the hope of adding greater variety to his side.

However, Ireland's chances of making it to Brazil - and by association, his of extending his stay further - were always likely to depend on this month's double-header against Sweden and Austria, and a return of no points from six when his own target had been four proved fatal.

Eamonn Dunphy believes Martin O’Neill is “almost certain” to take from Giovanni Trapattoni as the next Republic of Ireland manager, and O'Neill is the early favourite with the bookmakers.

Speaking to Michael O’Rourke on RTE Radio this morning, the outspoken pundit said that the former Leicester, Sunderland and Aston Villa manager would replace Trapattoni and he would be in place “sooner rather than later”.

Dunphy said he would happy if either Chris Hughton or former Irish manager Mick McCarthy got the position but ruled out moves for David O’Leary, Guus Hiddink and Alex Ferguson.

The 68-year-old broadcaster who was the ghost-writer on Roy Keane’s autobiography in 2002 also ruled out a move for the Corkman who he said would not have the temperament for the job.

Dunphy claimed that by the end of his Sunderland managerial career ended “like a soap opera” and that he was “throwing players out the door” during his time at Ipswich Town.

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