Trapattoni leaves Republic of Ireland coaching post
The Italian was respectful in his departing statement to the Irish public: “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.
“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 McCaul, Michael Cody and the FAIBoard 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.”
Tuesday’s defeat to Austria, in what proved to be Trapattoni’s last game in charge meant that this became the earliest that the Republic of Ireland have been eliminated in a qualifying campaign since 1983.
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