Fourth in Group C following back-to-back defeats by Sweden and Austria, the Republic of Ireland have parted company by mutual consent with coach Giovanni Trapattoni.
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The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has parted company with coach Giovanni Trapattoni by mutual consent after a disappointing recent run in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
The decision comes after the Republic of Ireland suffered back-to-back Group C defeats – 2-1 at home to Sweden last Friday and 1-0 in Austria on Tuesday – to leave them six points adrift of second place with two games to play.
"We thank Giovanni Trapattoni, Marco Tardelli and Fausto Rossi for the last five and a half years during which we qualified for our first major tournament in ten years [UEFA EURO 2012] and were close to qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
"This particular World Cup campaign has been disappointing but Giovanni leaves us with a group of good young players which should form the basis of the squad the new manager will use for the European Championship in France 2016, when 24 teams qualify," read a statement from FAI chief executive John Delaney.
During his five years at the helm, Trapattoni, 74, steered Ireland to the 2010 World Cup qualifying play-offs – a slender two-legged loss to France. He bettered that feat two years later by leading the country to UEFA EURO 2012, where they finished bottom of a section containing Spain, Italy and Croatia.