Giovanni Trapattoni leaves Republic of Ireland post

Trapattoni leaves Ireland post
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Giovanni Trapattoni leaves his post as Republic of Ireland manager by mutual consent.

Giovanni Trapattoni has left his post as Republic of Ireland manager by mutual consent.

The 74-year-old Italian took charge of the team in 2008, but a poor World Cup qualifying campaign has seen him step down as coach.

Ireland have lost their last two games in qualifying, most recently a 1-0 defeat against Austria in Vienna on Tuesday.

Trapattoni won 26 of his 63 matches in charge, drew 21 and lost 16.

He narrowly missed out taking the team to the 2010 World Cup before guiding them to Euro 2012, where they were knocked out in the group stage.

Former Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is the early favourite to replace Trapattoni.

Republic of Ireland's Manager Giovanni Trapattoni before the start of the match with Georgia during a International friendly match between the Republic of Ireland and Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on June 2, 2013
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