Giovanni Trapattoni on the brink following Sweden defeatby Jack Kitson / 09 September 2013, 09:23Tweet
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is on the brink of getting the sack following Friday's bitterly disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to Sweden. The loss left Ireland's chances of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in tatters as they slumped eight points adrift of Group C leaders Germany and three behind Sweden who currently occupy the play-off spot.
Ireland now have only three qualifying matches left to play meaning they simply must win in Austria, whom they are locked on 11 points with, on Tuesday to retain any realistic hope of finishing second. Bet Victor have Ireland at 5/1 to finish in the top two, while they are now priced at 250/1 to win the group. The Green Army haven't progressed through to a World Cup Finals since 2002 but did feature in the European Championships last year, however they ended the tournament without a single point.
Trapattoni has been severely criticised since Friday's defeat in Dublin and another loss on Tuesday in Vienna would almost certainly signal the end. The 74-year-old’s contract expires next June but Ireland are likely to take a fresh approach in order to boost their chances of qualifying through to Euro 2016 in France.
Talk has already started on the Italian’s replacement at the helm, with Martin O'Neill the evens favourite (Stan James) in the Next Ireland Manager Market. Other contenders at this stage include former boss Mick McCarthy, Brian McDermott, Chris Hughton and Harry Redknapp. Meanwhile Roy Keane is a tempting outside bet at 33/1.