Giovanni Trapattoni stands down as Republic of Ireland manager
Giovanni Trapattoni parts company with the Republic of Ireland by mutual consent after five years in charge of the national side
Giovanni Trapattoni has paid tribute to the Republic of Ireland supporters after the Italian’s contract with the FAI was ended by mutual consent on Wednesday.
The 74-year-old’s side suffered back-to-back losses to their closest Group C rivals Austria and Sweden in the recent batch of qualifiers, effectively ending Ireland’s hopes of reaching next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Trapattoni replaced Steve Staunton in 2008, and the former Juventus manager steadied the Irish ship and masterminded their run to the 2010 World Cup play-offs.
The Boys in Green appeared to be heading towards a penalty shootout in Paris before Thierry Henry’s controversial handball led to France’s extra-time winner and booked Les Bleus spot in South Africa.
In 2011, Ireland did finally reach a major tournament under one of Europe’s most decorated managers following a two-legged win against Estonia but Trapattoni’s men lost all of their games at Euro 2012 last summer.
“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,” Trapattoni said in a statement released via the FAI.
“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.”
Former Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill is the early favourite to succeed Trapattoni, whose assistant Marco Tardelli has also left his position.