Giovanni Trapattoni Quits Republic of Ireland Job After Defeat to Austria: Daily Soccer Report

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.

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