Giovanni Trapattoni has parted company as Republic of Ireland manager by mutual consent after Ireland were defeated by Austria on Tuesday night.
Under his coaching, Trapattoni helped Ireland qualify for Euro 2012 where his side exited the tournament after defeats versus Italy and Spain. The legendary Italian manager almost got Eire into World Cup 2010, but Ireland were foiled by a blatant handball by Thierry Henry who helped France beat Ireland on aggregate, sending the French team to South Africa.
Here’s Trapattoni’s statement:
“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.”
According to the Football Association of Ireland website, “the Board of the FAI will meet in due course to discuss the process of appointing a new manager.” Martin O’Neill is currently tipped as the favorite to get the job.
Here are today’s world soccer news headlines:
- Giovanni Trapattoni leaves Republic of Ireland job by mutual consent — Telegraph
- Who will replace Giovanni Trapattoni? — The Independent
- Istanbul confirms Euro 2020 candidacy alongside Budapest and Belgrade — Inside World Football
- Germany and Löw build on confidence with one eye on Brazil — Bundesliga Fanatic
- Julio Cesar will be Brazil goalkeeper for World Cup says manager Luiz Felipe Scolari — Telegraph
- Rickie Lambert concedes he faces battle to retain England place — Independent
- Germany keen on England and Italy friendlies — ESPN FC
- Newcastle is being poisoned by Mike Ashley’s toxic relationship with fans, says Steve Harper — Telegraph
- Clubs reject shorter transfer window but say FFP is working — Inside World Football
- Anfield development will not hit player spending — The Political Economy of Football
- Sunderland must pay £2.5m for Czech ace Ondrej Celustka on a permanent deal — Shields Gazette
- Manchester City aim to be Made in England — Manchester Evening News
- West Brom striker Matej Vydra continues recovery from a hamstring injury — WBA
- Crystal Palace blow as Jack Hunt is ruled out for rest of the year with broken ankle — Metro
- Selfish Samuel Eto’o did everything at Anzhi but play football – Roberto Carlos — Evening Standard
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