Wednesday September 11 2013
Trapattoni leaves Ireland job

Giovanni Trapattoni is no longer the Republic of Ireland boss after failing to lead the nation to World Cup 2014.

Trapattoni, who was assisted by 1982 World Cup winner Marco Tardelli, left his role by mutual consent this morning after losing 1-0 to Austria on Tuesday.

“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,” said the legendary Italian tactician.

“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 McCaul, 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.”

The 74-year-old, who still had 10 months left to run on his contract, was appointed by the FAI in 2008.

He led the Republic of Ireland to Euro 2012.

Trap has had an illustrious coaching career having bossed the likes of Milan, Juventus, Inter, Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Benfica.