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Trapattoni leaves Ireland by mutual consent

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.

Giovanni Trapattoni was appointed manager of the Republic of Ireland in 2008
Giovanni Trapattoni was appointed manager of the Republic of Ireland in 2008 ©AFP/Getty Images

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.