Trapattoni leaves Ireland job
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has left his post “by mutual consent” the day after defeat by Austria left their chances of World Cup qualification hanging by a thread.
September 11th, 2013
With only two fixtures remaining in European Group C – including one against group leaders Germany – the Irish need six points and more than one result to go their way in October’s final group games in order to compete in Brazil next summer.
A meeting between Trapattoni, his assistants and Irish football chiefs took place in Dublin this morning where it was agreed that their tenure was over despite the manager’s claim the night before that he would not resign his post.
Having lost key qualifiers against Sweden and Austria, the side longer has a realistic hope of qualifying although still a mathematical possibility.
A statement by the FAI said it would “meet in due course to discuss the process in relation to the appointment of a new manager”.
A glance at the bookies’ odds on the next Republic of Ireland manager throws up the ubiquitous Martin O’Neill as the favourite, followed by previous manager Mick McCarthy and current Leeds United manager Brian McDermott.
According to United blog The Scratching Shed, FAI chief John Delaney has named McDermott in his own list of potential candidates alongside McCarthy, Roy Keane and Chris Hughton. Only five months into the Elland Road job, McDermott has spoken previously of his lifelong desire to manage his nominated national side.
The Republic of Ireland’s final Group C fixtures take place next month – away to Germany on 11th October, then rounding off the campaign with a home match against Kazakhstan on the 15th.