Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland era over

Former Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill, himself an ex-Northern Ireland international, was installed by several bookmakers as the favourite to replace Trapattoni, with the FAI board due to meet in due course to consider their choice to succeed the Italian.

updated: September 11, 2013 20:10 IST
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Dublin: Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has left his post by mutual consent, the Football Association of Ireland confirmed Wednesday.

Tuesday's 1-0 loss away to Austria all but extinguished the Republic's hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup finals in Brazil 2014 and that led the FAI to part company with veteran Italian manager Trapattoni and his assistant, Marco Tardelli.

"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," the 74-year-old Trapattoni, who was under contract until next June, said in a FAI statement.

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