Giovanni Trapattoni leaves Republic of Irelandby Jack Kitson / 11 September 2013, 12:14Tweet
Giovanni Trapattoni has parted company with the Republic of Ireland after their hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup came to an end following back-to-back defeats to Sweden and Austria. Ireland's failure to pick up any points during the international break means that they now require a miracle to finish in second spot, as Sweden are six points ahead with just two games remaining.
Trapattoni headed into the break under pressure, which dramatically increased after the 2-1 defeat at home to Sweden. Ireland then travelled to Austria on Tuesday in desperate need of a win but in the end came away with their head in between their tails after going down to a late goal. The media slammed the Italian for the poor results and it now comes as no surprise to see him leave his position by mutual consent.
During his time in charge of Ireland Trapattoni won the 2011 Nations Cup and successfully led The Green Army through to the 2012 European Championships. Ireland finished as runners-up to Russia in qualifying and then went on to beat Estonia in the play-offs. However, once they arrived in Poland and Ukraine they endured a torrid time, exiting early after losing all three group games Croatia, Spain and Italy, although the latter two did progress all the way through to the Final.
Attention will now immediately turn to Trapattoni’s successor, with Martin O’Neill the hot early favourite in the Next Ireland Manager Market. Most bookmakers have the former Sunderland boss at odds0on to get the job, while Bet Victor are currently offering evens. Other contenders for the vacancy include former Ireland boss and current Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy, Leeds gaffer Brian McDermott and also Roy Keane.