Ireland’s defeat in Austria has heralded the end of the Trapattoni era, with the manager and assistant Marco Tardelli parting company with the FAI by ‘mutual consent. The Italian, who has been in charge since 2008, paid tribute to the Irish supporters and said he leaves the job “with emotion.” Read the full FAI statement.
“The Football Association of Ireland, Giovanni Trapattoni and
Marco Tardelli today (September 11) announced that following
an amicable meeting this morning, they have parted company by
Speaking following the meeting, Giovanni Trapattoni said;
“I want to thank everyone in Ireland who has given us their
support during our time here which has always meant a lot to
“We leave this country with emotion because we understand the
Irish supporters who have a well-deserved international
reputation and they have our utmost respect. I would like to
thank John Delaney, Paddy Mc Caul, Michael Cody and the FAI
Board for their support and friendship over the last five and
a half years.
“I would also want to thank all FAI staff members, including
the backroom team and the players who have been great to work
with during the last three campaigns. I wish them well in the
future and hope that the job we have done leaves everything in
a good place for my successor to take over.
Making the announcement, FAI Chief Executive John Delaney
“We thank Giovanni Trapattoni, Marco Tardelli and Franco Rossi
for the last five and a half years during which we qualified
for our first major tournament in ten years and were close to
qualification for 2010 World Cup in South Africa after the
play-off in France.
“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 that the new manager will
use for the European Championships in France 2016 when 24
The Board of the FAI will meet in due course to discuss the
process in relation to the appointment of a new manager.”