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Axe falls on Republic of Ireland boss Trapattoni

The Football Association of Ireland announced that Giovanni Trapattoni and assistant Marco Tardelli have left their roles by mutual consent after an amicable meeting. In the Football Association of Ireland's news release, chief executive John Delaney says: "We thank Giovanni Trapattoni, Marco Tardelli and Fausto Rossi for the last five and a half years during which we qualified for our first major tournament in 10 years and were close to qualification for 2010 World Cup in South Africa after the play-off in France.

He continued: "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 Championship in France 2016 when 24 teams qualify."

The statement adds: "The board of the FAI will meet in due course to discuss the process of appointing a new manager."

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